Tag Archives: yakima home rule

Home Rule TV Appearances

Catch Home Rule on YPAC this week:
  • Watch Don Hinman debate Bruce Smith at the F.Y.I. Home Rule Forum. Find air times here.

Yakima County Voter Pamphlet

  • YPAC is also broadcasting the League of Women Voters October 7th Forum on Home Rule. Click here for air times.
  • YPAC is also broadcasting interviews with freeholder candidates separated into districts 1, 2, and 3. These interviews can also be viewed online.

If you want to learn more about the freeholders, you can also visit the Yakima Herald’s freeholder profiles as well as the Yakima County voter pamphlet. As a quick reminder, voters from each district elect 5 freeholders to represent them in the Home Rule process.


Comments Off on Home Rule TV Appearances

Filed under Uncategorized

Our Forefathers Would Have Supported Home Rule

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Government ought to be as much open to improvement as anything which appertains to man..”

Thomas Paine

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”

James Madison

Comments Off on Our Forefathers Would Have Supported Home Rule

Filed under Uncategorized

Broad Support for Home Rule

Not only did 9,700 voters sign the petition to place Home Rule as an option on the ballot, but 42 people stepped up to file as freeholders to take the process forward after November. For a list of the freeholders click here.

The people signing the Voter Guide statement in support of Home Rule are another example of the broad support the effort has in Yakima.

Bernie Sims, a former Yakima city councilmember, Dr. Kathleen Ross, retired President and founder of Heritage Universe, and Jesse Palacios, a former Yakima County Commissioner, carry impressive credentials and represent diverse political views.

Here’s the Yes on Home Rule statement you’ll find in the voter’s guide:

“It’s time for Yakima County voters to take a new look at our county government.

It was created by the State Legislature over 100 years ago. Since then, the county population has grown five times larger! Business and population needs have changed significantly. A Home Rule charter allows us to examine our current structure, where, today, just three commissioners make all legislative and executive decisions.

Home Rule allows the people to have a say in how our government should function. It will provide options for bringing government closer to the people and creating better checks and balances, like county-wide ballot measures, an executive branch, and more. With a county twice the size of Delaware, isn’t it time we examined how to best govern ourselves?

Vote YES to start the process of drafting a new charter. Let us create a government that is truly by, of, and for Yakima.”

Join Bernie, Kathleen, and Jessie in showing your support of Home Rule by endorsing it here.

Comments Off on Broad Support for Home Rule

Filed under Uncategorized

Your Great, Great Grandaddy’s Government

Yakima County’s current commission system of government was handed down by the state legislature over 100 years ago. Times have changed. Yakima’s population has grown five times larger and business and populations needs are significantly different. Isn’t it time to take a look at whether our county government structure works for our modern needs?

Vote Yes on Home Rule to begin the process of examining our current structure, where, today, just three commissioners make all legislative and executive decisions.

With a county twice the size of Delaware, isn’t it time we examined how to best govern ourselves?

Comments Off on Your Great, Great Grandaddy’s Government

Filed under Uncategorized

Filing Period for Freeholders Begins Next Week

In November, voters will decide whether they want to move forward with a new county charter for Yakima County. They will also elect 15 people or freeholders to draft the new charter. The new charter will then be voted on in a subsequent election.

Five freeholders will be elected from each of the three county commission districts. Freeholders must:

– be a registered voter
– reside in the commissioner district they seek to represent
– have lived in the county for at least five years

As noted in the Yakima Herald, the filing period for freeholders will open on August 22nd and extend to August 26th. If you are interested in being involved in the process of changing the current county government to one that is more accountable to the people, please contact the campaign at yakimahomerule@gmail.com

Comments Off on Filing Period for Freeholders Begins Next Week

Filed under Uncategorized