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Candidates face off in debate

YAKIMA, Wash. - Businesses from across the Yakima Valley came to listen to a debate between candidates running for State Representative, 14th district, Position 2.

The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce hosted the debate between local businessman, Ron Bonlender, and Naches Mayor, Charles Ross.

Bonlender and Ross responded to questions presented by the Chamber's Governmental Relations Panel.

Bonlender said if he's elected, he'll work to improve Yakima's economy.

"To work for economic development and lift all the votes," Bondlender said. "We need to diversify this economy. We have a strong agriculture, but we are getting to be larger community. We do need more variety of work."

Ross said if he's elected, he wants to be the eyes, ears, and voice for Yakima.

"(I'll) come and listen to the folks we are effecting, in this case is business owners," Ross said. "I want to be open minded and want to have open ears to hear what they have to say about upcoming legislative issues. I stand for a smaller government and more effective government, definitely stand for minimal taxes."

The debate was held at the Howard Johnson Plaza Wednesday afternoon.