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The winner will replace embattled incumbent Troy Kelly, who opted not to run for a second term as a result of a federal investigation into a business deal he was involved in before he took office.

The choices to replace him are Democrat Pat McCarthy and Mark Miloscia, a Republican legislator who previously was a Democrat.

Both said they have the experience needed to do the job. She is a former Pierce County auditor who has administered one of the state’s largest county governments. He is a legislator and said he strived to instill efficiency and ethics in state operations.

McCarthy’s endorsements include former Gov. Chris Gregoire and Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton. Miloscia’s backers include former Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Secretary of State Sam Reed.

McCarthy said that far from jeopardizing her independence, her detailed knowledge of government’s inner workings gives her an understanding crucial in the auditor’s position.

Miloscia, who chairs the Senate Accountability and Reform Committee, ran for auditor as a Democrat in 2012 but lost to Kelley in the primary. He said he wants to encourage agencies to adopt management tools that help them move “from good or mediocre or horrible to great.” In his vision, the size of the auditor’s office would shrink because agencies would be catching problems in advance.

Auditor, State of Washington

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Candidate Votes Pct
Pat (Patrice) McCarthy (D) 1,427,250 52.50%
Mark Miloscia (R) 1,290,834 47.50%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.


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