A candidate for State Auditor, State of Washington in the 2012 Washington Primary
City: Poulsbo, WA
Occupation: lawyer; owner of a document-tracking service
First elected to the state House in 2006, Kelley served as chair of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee from 2009-2011, and vice chair of the House Business and Financial Institutions Committee, which regulates the state’s financial institutions. In 2000, he founded a multi-state document-tracking service. He previously has served as a federal prosecutor, as a staff attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and currently serves as a JAG lieutenant colonel in the Washington National Guard.
On this race:
Issues: Make sure tax dollars are used efficiently, find common ground among parties and independents Notable: Names winners of a yearly Common Cents Campaign
|James Watkins (R)||534,552||46.37%|
|Troy Kelley (D)||267,784||23.23%|
|Craig Pridemore (D)||238,346||20.68%|
|Mark Miloscia (D)||112,054||9.72%|
- Web: troykelley.com
OLYMPIA – The race for Washington state auditor has escalated into the most hostile statewide campaign of the year. With the departure of longtime auditor Brian Sonntag, the two candidates seeking to replace him have focused on whether the other is fit to serve, not on their goals for the office.
The filing deadline is still a couple of weeks away, but candidates barked at each other Thursday night in their bid to become the state’s top watchdog. State Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way, and Republican candidate James Watkins of Redmond did their best to show Spokane voters why they should replace the retiring Brian Sonntag as state auditor. Also in the race, but not attending the event, are State Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Tacoma, and State Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver.