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About Janelle


My husband Don and I are lifelong residents of the Naches Valley.  We both received our education through the Naches Valley School District.  Following our graduations, Don went on to start his own excavation business, and I graduated from Yakima Business College just before starting employment with the Yakima County Clerk's Office on April 1, 1978 at the age of 19.  We were married in September of 1984 and just celebrated our 34th year anniversary.  On June 17, 1987, I left my Administrative Assistant position with the Yakima County Clerk's Office to raise a family and work beside Don in our excavation business.  We have since had the privilege of having two wonderful sons who are grown now, have their degrees in Business Administration, and work beside us in the family business which is celebrating 34 years this year of serving the citizens of Yakima County.


In 2014, after 33 years as a successful private business woman, and with my sons grown and our business growing, I decided it was time to follow my dream of becoming the County Clerk and returning to the Clerk's Office.  This had been my dream since that day I left my leadership position in this office to raise my family.  I won the election that year and started my first term in leading this office once again, except as Clerk this time, on January 1, 2015.


As my first term in this position is ending this year, I looked back on all the positive changes our team has accomplished during this term and our plans for the next 4 years which I strongly wanted to be a part of.  It was because of these reasons, that I made the decision to run for a second term.


I believe my 34 years of private business success philosophies and past leadership of the Clerk's Office are what has earned me a reputation for being honest, hard working, having integrity, and conservative values.  It is these qualities that are the driving forces behind what has made me a proven leader in this office during my first term.









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