City: Fairfield, Washington
Occupation: Reporter for Aginformation Network
Education: Graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s in agriculture communications.
Political experience: Served six years on the Fairfield Town Council. Has served four years as mayor of Fairfield.
Work experience: Current director of industry image for Washington State Beef Commission. Worked for five years as a farm broadcaster for Ag Information Network of the West. Worked 16 years with Northwest Farm Credit Services in the marketing department.
Family: Married. Has one child.
Derek Knecht has said he wants to be the mayor of Fairfield to “bring back honesty, integrity, accountability and transparency.” Anonymously, others have insinuated that he’s running with “vengeance in mind.”