The Yakima County Voter Pamphlet is now available online. Included are the statements of the 41 candidates running for freeholders as well as the statements for and against Home Rule.
Home Rule is an opportunity for the people of Yakima to have a say in how their government should function. As witnessed in the candidate statements, people on all sides of the political spectrum agree that Yakima should start the Home Rule process. Each voter will have the opportunity to elect five volunteer freeholders from their district to represent them in the two-year Home Rule process.
Many candidates include what they plan to advocate for in a new charter, and voters will need to choose who will best represent their interests. Prop 1 itself simply starts the process of freeholders reviewing the current form of government and suggesting changes in the form of a Home Rule charter. The freeholders have two years to draft the charter and present it back to the voters who then have final say on whether to keep the current structure or adopt the charter.