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Yakima Republicans Name Preferred Successor To County Prosecutor

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YAKIMA--Yakima County's head prosecutor is retiring at the end of the year.  On Saturday Yakima Republicans picked their choice for Ron Zirkle's successor:  Troy Clements, a current deputy prosecutor and son of former state Senator Jim Clements.

Ken Ramm, Troy Clements, and James Hagarty made their pitch to members of Yakima's Republican Party.  All three talked about preventing and punishing gang activity, but Clements' age--he's only 33--appealed to a party that's losing young voters to Democrats.  Saturday's vote doesn't make Clements the prosecutor, but he hopes it leads him there.

"I think the party has spoken here," Clements said.  "They're endorsing me, and I take that with great pleasure and I hope that is a factor that the commissioners take into consideration."

County Commissioners don't normally make appointments for prosecutor, which is an elected position.  Since Zirkle is retiring mid-term, commissioners will choose the next prosecutor.

Commissioner-elect Kevin Bouchey says the commissioners will choose the new prosecutor sometime before the end of the year.