As of Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Voters, it appear, have elected personal injury attorney Joe Brusic to serve as the next Yakima County prosecutor.
James Hagarty, who currently has the job, opted not to seek re-election.
Brusic, as of last night’s election results, holds nearly 53 percent of the votes.
Of the votes cast, 15,655 were in favor of Brusic.
His opponent, current deputy prosecutor Troy Clements, earned the votes of 13,703 citizens.
“We both ran very aggressive races,” said Brusic.
“I focused on my 12 years as a former prosecutor…I talked about what I have done and my desire to serve the public again,” Brusic said.
He said he wanted to bring a fresh perspective to the prosecutor’s office and wanted to remain positive throughout the campaign.
“I am certain the race will tighten, reflecting its importance,” he said of the coming days during which additional ballots will be counted by the Yakima County Auditor’s Office.
Clements was disappointed with the initial ballot returns, stating last night he was unwilling to comment.