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Yakima County Sheriff's Candidates Speak at Local Forum

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Ballots will be mailed out soon for the August 5th primary. Monday afternoon, we live streamed a forum involving the candidates hoping to become Yakima County's next Sheriff. Ballots will be mailed out soon for the August 5th primary. Monday afternoon, we live streamed a forum involving the candidates hoping to become Yakima County's next Sheriff.
YAKIMA, WA. -- Ballots will be mailed out soon for the August 5th primary. Monday afternoon, we live streamed a forum involving the candidates hoping to become Yakima County's next Sheriff. 

With such a crowded field, each candidate was only allowed a small amount of time to get their point across. We want to show you as much as we can from each candidate Monday. 

After a quick lunch, the candidates got down to business. 

"I wanted to run for Sheriff because in my blood, I feel like I'm still a crime fighter," Jeff Ketchum, Tieton's Police Chief said. 

"I always thought I wanted to be the leader of that office," Rick Mottice, former Sheriff's Deputy said. "From the moment I started I told my wife that I did."

"I firmly believe we need a change of leadership," Jim Keightley said. "Leadership with a fresh perspective and a new vision of excellence."

"I am the only one who has been an engaged and demonstrated leader," Sheriff's Lt. Brian Winter said. "Both in the Sheriff's Office and in the community."

"I think the Sheriff's department needs a fresh perspective," Anthony Bosworth, an Iraq veteran said. "A citizens perspective, instead of the militant law enforcement we have now developed into."

"As Sheriff, I will restore trust between the citizens and the Sheriff's Office," Stephen Changala, retired Sheriff's Deputy said.

Then they were asked an important questions. 

"As Sheriff, what would you do to reduce crime and enhance citizens sense of security?" Jon DeVaney of the Yakima Chamber of Commerce said.

"We need to keep the public informed," Ketchum said. "Don't be afraid to let the public know what's going on."

"I think it's real important that we build collaborative relationships with businesses and the community and continue our block watch program," Mottice said.

"I can't say that we'll solve every crime committed, but we have to make the effort," Keightley said.

"Only by working together, all law enforcement agencies in this county and the public, in a very visible partnership, are we going to be able to combat any of these issues," Winter said. 

"As the Sheriff department, we need to train our citizens, we need to build a relationship of trust with our citizens," Bosworth said.

"As the Sheriff, I plan on working with the Prosecutor and the cities to eliminate them from being able to take this stolen property," Changala said. 

People can vote by August 5th for the primary election for the Sheriff. The top two from the primary will move on to the general election November 4th. 

If you want to know more about these candidates, click below on the links to their websites: 

Jeff Ketchum: http://www.ketchum4sheriff.com/

Rick Mottice: http://www.voterickmottice.com/

Jim Keightley: http://jimkeightley.com/

Brian Winter: http://brianwinterforsheriff.com/service-to-county/

Anthony Bosworth: http://www.anthonybosworthforsheriff.org/

Stephen Changala: http://stevechangalaforsheriff.com/

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