Two Lower Yakima Valley leaders have thrown their name into the hat to be the next member of the Yakima County Commission.

Grandview Mayor Norm Childress and Sunnyside Councilman and former mayor Jim Restucci have both announced their candidacy for Yakima County Commissioner District No. 3. The seat is currently held by Rand Elliott. First elected to the seat in 2007, Elliott has announced he won’t run for the seat again.

The change is likely to be good for the Lower Yakima Valley. And Childress and Restucci will both bring a new emphasis to the importance of this area when it comes to county government.

At this time we’re not ready to endorse either of the candidates. But, we do think both have the interest of the Lower Yakima Valley in mind.

In the coming months, voters will have to seek out the candidates, learn about them and be prepared when election day comes.

Both Childress and Restucci have been instrumental in bringing new business and growth to the Lower Yakima Valley. Both have been committed to government transparency. As a result, the decision may be tough — and it’ll need adequate research before you head to the ballot box.

But there will be a lot more candidates on the ballot this year. Already, candidates have announced their candidacy for legislative and congressional seats, the Yakima County Sheriff and more.

With candidates already coming out, it’s time for voters to do their research. Be prepared to cast an informed vote this election season.

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