Yakima School Board candidate who dropped out of race is winning

YAKIMA, Wash. -- There's some election hangover surrounding the race for a Yakima School Board seat. A candidate who claimed to drop out earlier is winning easily.

Jeni Rice leads incumbent Graciela Villanueva with 62% of the vote. Rice said she notified the Yakima County Auditor's office in May that she was withdrawing. But, was told she had to go through the Secretary of State. Rice said she did and was told it would be processed.

On Wednesday, the Secretary of State's office told KIMA it doesn't have the authority to accept her withdrawal. Now, Rice says she's willing to serve if she can.

"Mixed reaction, said Jeni Rice. I wasn't sure number one if I'm going to even be on the board and if so, is it something I can still do?"

The Yakima County Auditor said it's up to the Yakima School District to decide if she can serve. There's been no word from the district yet.