As of Wednesday, April 4, 2018
TERRACE HEIGHTS A businessman and agriculture industry advocate, has decided to run for the Yakima County Commission District No. 3 seat.
Brent Knautz joins Grandview Mayor Childress Norm and former Sunnyside Mayor James Restucci in the field vying for the seat currently held by Rand Elliott.
District No. 3 sprawls from East Selah (Yakima Training Center) to Grandview.
Knautz is a lifelong Yakima Valley resident.
Owner and founding partner of Enigma Marketing for the past 16 years, he believes his background enables him to understand the importance of establishing clear and responsive communication channels throughout the county.
As a commissioner, Knautz will prioritize minimizing barriers for conducting business to facilitate economic and cultural growth, he said.
He will analyze current processes, adhering to laws without imposing redundant and unnecessary impediments for business owners and residents seeking progress and development, he said.
Over the past 20 years,, Knautz has been instrumental in statewide efforts to foster positive perceptions about the economic and cultural impact of farming.
He has worked with agricultural associations and commissions to advocate against redundant regulations hindering agriculture and impeding growth.
Knautz has worked with numerous businesses to identify barriers prohibiting development, establish strategies to overcome those barriers and achieve higher levels of efficiency and success, he said.
“That’s how I really understand the challenges our community faces and how to resolve them,” he said. “I get in there and experience it hands-on.”
Knautz worked with residents and staff of Rod’s House, understanding their experiences and learning about the solutions necessary for bettering the lives and meeting the immediate needs of the county’s homeless youth.
This work led him to facilitate the creation of Sunrise House as a refuge for girls and young women who have been subjected to sex trafficking.
“Brent, was instrumental in the development of Washington State’s first Youth Residential and Education Center (YREC) for teens struggling to survive the world of sex trafficking,” Executive Director Dave Hanson, Sunrise Outreach Center, said. “He provided Sunrise Outreach’s first home for this purpose.”