Ross announces run for Yakima County Auditor

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CHARLES ROSS NEWS RELEASE -- State Rep. Charles Ross (R-Naches) has decided that he will not run for a fifth term in the Washington State House of Representatives, opting instead to throw his hat in the ring to replace retiring Yakima County Auditor Corky Mattingly Holloway.

Ross is endorsed by a wide array of local political, business and community leaders including most of Yakima County’s elected officials. Among Ross’ supporters in the courthouse are all three commissioners — Mike Leita, Rand Elliott and Kevin Bouchey — as well as Sheriff Ken Irwin, Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hagarty, County Clerk Kim Eaton and County Coroner Jack Hawkins. (Holloway has said that she would not endorse anyone.)

“I am honored that many of the people responsible for running Yakima County are endorsing me for auditor,” he said. “These are the elected officials who know what the job requires. I am glad to have their support.”

Ross, 42, is leaving the state House of Representatives in order to spend more time with his family. “The most important job I have is being a dad and a husband and that has gotten harder to do as my boys grow up and as sessions in Olympia go longer and longer,” he said.

“I don’t want to be a weekend dad for almost half the year,” he added. “That’s why I made this decision.”

Ross and his wife, CarriAnn, have two sons: Vincent, 11, and Lucas, 9,

“I am committed to public service,” said Ross, “and want to continue to serve my neighbors. That is why I want to be the next auditor. It is an important job and I believe that I have the qualifications and experience to do it well.”

Ross also plans to help represent the county to the Legislature and to other government agencies. “I have worked with a wide assortment of people in Olympia over the last eight years as a state representative,” he said. “I intend to use those connections for the benefit of Yakima County.”

Ross has been a state representative for eight years. Before that, he was a member of the Naches Town Council for 10 years and served his hometown as mayor for 8 years. During his 8 years in the House, Ross was his party’s floor leader and assistant whip.

Ross served in the United States Navy for four years. He worked on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Kittyhawk , an aircraft carrier, during the Gulf War. He has degrees from Yakima Valley Community College and Mt. Hood Community College.