Yakima County clerk candidate disciplined for checking opponent's record

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A candidate for Yakima County clerk has been disciplined for using her current position to check an opponent's driving record.

Sarah Matheny is a Yakima Municipal Court clerk. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports she admitted using her access to an internal court system database to check the driving record of opponent Steve Driscoll.

Following an investigation by the presiding judge at municipal court, Matheny said, the city docked her a week's vacation.

Matheny said she knew better than to do what she did, and she takes responsibility. She said she was motivated by a Facebook post Driscoll made concerning his conviction for negligent driving more than a decade ago, and said she never intended to use the information in the campaign.

Matheny is one of five people who faced off in the primary election, and she slightly trails front-runner Janelle Riddle, meaning she and Riddle are likely to face off in the general election in November.