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By Keith Frederickson

A forgotten race


The State Auditor is the elected official charged with rooting out waste and fraud in government operations at all levels in Washington State. The office has about 350 employees and is tasked with ensuring governments from sewer districts to statewide agencies have adequate financial controls and abide by applicable laws and their own policies. It conducts about 2,400 audits of governments a year. It also conducts performance audits which evaluate the effectiveness of government activities.

The next State Auditor will be tasked with erasing the pall cast over the office by the state’s current auditor Troy Kelley’s federal fraud indictment. Kelley is the first state official to face criminal indictment in nearly 40 years.

 Pat McCarthy, the Democratic candidate for State Auditor in November, is eminently qualified for the job and well respected. She is the current Pierce County executive tasked with overseeing a $900 million budget and managing 3,000 employees. Before that she served as Pierce County Auditor and was the 2005 Washington State Auditor of the Year. McCarthy was an elected board member of the Tacoma School District, Chair of Sound Transit, the President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, the Chair of South Sound 911 and the Chair of the Alliance for a Health South Sound.

 Please vote for Pat McCarthy for State Auditor, the most qualified candidate.


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