Advancing candidates react to primary election results

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Local seats in Yakima County are up for grabs. The auditor, clerk and sheriff races each had more than two candidates running. The top two with the most votes advance to face off in November.

The votes are tallied and the primary election results are in. Candidates gathered at the Yakima County Courthouse anxiously awaiting their fate.

As of Tuesday night, Charles Ross leads the Yakima County auditor race. Ross has 40 percent of the votes. Following behind is Micah Cawley with 35 percent of votes.

"I want to continue what has been done in the auditor's office to continue to provide excellent customer service to the folks within the valley," said Ross. "I want to make sure that we're spending the money wisely."

"It's good to know where you stand with the voters," said Cawley. "Obviously coming in second place tonight, I'm the underdog going into the general election but hope to gain the support of possibly the other candidates."

Over to the clerk race, it's a three way race too close to call. Sarah Matheny, Janelle Riddle and Kathleen Carter came in with more than 24 percent of the vote each.

Brian Winter is ahead of the other five candidates eyeing to be Yakima County's new sheriff. Winter has 49 percent of the votes. Jim Keightley is in second place with 22 percent.

"The humility that comes with this kind of support and the realization that people trust you and that you cannot let them down," said Winter.

With the primary over, there's no rest for the weary. Candidates still have to face off in this fall's general election.

The official primary election results will be certified in a couple weeks.