Candidate debate set for trio of Walla Walla-area races

The debate will run from 6-9 at Maxey Auditorium and will be streamed live at union-bulletin.com/page/live.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates debate tonight.

Candidates running for Walla Walla County Sheriff, Walla Walla County Coroner and State Representative Position 1 will answer questions about issues facing the community.

The debate runs 6-9 p.m. at Maxey Hall Auditorium at Whitman College. The debate also will be streamed live at union-bulletin.com/page/live.

Walla Walla County Sheriff candidates, all of whom prefer the Republican party, are Jim Romine, Bill White and John Turner.

Candidates for county coroner are Richard Greenwood, Ken Hall, Virginia Romine and James Schmerer. Coroner Frank Brown has also filed as a write-in candidate. Greenwood and Romine have identified their preference for the Republican party. The other candidates have not identified a preference.

For the state representative position, incumbent Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, will face Brenda High, a Constitution Party candidate from Pasco.

The primary election takes place Aug. 17. The top two candidates in each race will advance to the general election, which takes place Nov. 2.

The coroner's race and sheriff's race are the only two that have more than two candidates.

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