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Bowman and Staples Face Off For The Benton County Commissioner Position One Seat

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash-  Whether or not to move the Benton County Seat from Prosser to Kennewick has become a main focal point in the race for Benton County Commissioner Position One.

Incumbent Leo Bowman and Fred Staples are up against each other.  

Both men agree on a sales tax to help law enforcement, but they disagree on many of the issues.  

Bowman has been a County Commissioner for 12 years and said his experience is a benefit.

Staples is a retired Superior Court Judge. 

Staples is very passionate about moving the county seat to Kennewick.  He has been trying to do this for over 20 years.  He said, "The reason I ran for county commissioner was because we've got three commissioners trying to sabotage the effort to move the county seat."

Staples believes if he were commissioner he could make it happen.

Bowman said, "Citizens have to put it on the ballot.  If that's what they'd like to do, move it, that's what I'll do.  If they don't want to move it, obviously it won't happen."

Staples said, "This county can't function legally or efficiently as long as that county seat is in Prosser."

Bowman said, "I'm not aware of a problem that would be resolved, a solution to what problem? What I am aware of is that it would cost money .....  citizens deserve to have someone who will work full time on all the issues not just a single issue or two."

There is currently no animal control in Benton County.  It's been debated for a long time.

Staples said he is not sure if opening a shelter would be cost effective but said he would keep his opinion open until he heard more about it.

Bowman said, "It's got to the point now that it needs to be handled."

Staples said, "I've been called a one issue candidate.  Well, one issue got me into it but that's not all I'm going to be worried about when I'm a commissioner.  I will be concerned for many issues."

Bowman said, "I am a 52 week a year kind of guy.  I worked hard all my life.  There's a lot of work to be done. I'm ready to do that."