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Incumbent, Two Others Looking to Fill 8th District Senate Seat

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - It has been a tumultuous year for the 8th District Senate Seat in Washington. Jerome Delvin stepped down in the middle of the legislative session and Sharon Brown was appointed to the spot. Now, she's up against two others: Tony Benegas and Phil Lemley.

Despite little political experience, Lemley believes he is the right choice for voters. His top priority is the state budget and he touts decades of experience managing multi-million dollar projects. He said nobody can 'outwork' him.

"I want to be the next state senator here because I know I can make a difference. I come with a wealth of business experience, I know how to get things done and I know that business and life is about compromise and negotiations," Lemley said.

Benton County commissioners appointed Kennewick City Council member Sharon Brown to the position when Delvin stepped down. She is proud of the fact that six of her bills were signed into law. 

Brown has extensive local government experience and said that is what prepared her for Olympia.


"I was able to take that knowledge and working with people and the ability to get things done on that level to the state level and was able to get a lot accomplished in a short period of time," said Brown.

The final 8th District candidate, Tony Benegas, has been involved in local politics for the better part of the last decade. However, he wants a more 'hands off' approach and wants people driven issues to take precedence, rather than bills.

"I think that's what we need to focus on. Economy, economy, economy. That's what it is. Poll after poll shows that people are concerned about their jobs, big time, the size of government, government spending, Obamacare," said Benegas.

The primary election is Tuesday, August 6th. Ballots must be dropped off or postmarked by that date.