Pierce Auditor Launches Independent Bid For Secretary Of State – Puyallup, WA Patch

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TACOMA, WA — Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson has announced a bid to be Washington’s next Secretary of State.

A representative for Anderson’s campaign, which officially launched Wednesday, told Patch that Anderson would be running as an independent and that she “firmly believes voters should have a choice to vote for a nonpartisan candidate and one with the experience to do the job.”

Anderson has been Pierce County’s Auditor since 2009, and is serving her third and final term. Anderson told The News Tribune that, though term limitations prevent her from running to be Pierce County Auditor a fourth time, she still would’ve run for Secretary of State this year. Anderson has consistently run as a nonpartisan candidate, something she told KNKX Public Radio she feels passionate about.

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“Doing it this way is consistent with my values,” Anderson said. “And it’s consistent with my political history. I’m not going to run a campaign that’s not authentic.”

The partisan divide is an important issue for the Secretary of State, who is largely in charge of the state’s election process. After announcing her campaign Wednesday, Anderson praised Washington’s current mail-in voting system, but noted that elections have been “under pressure and scrutiny across the nation” over recent years.

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Anderson’s nonpartisan stance is also relevant considering Washington’s previously-elected Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who was the last Republican to hold statewide office in Washington, until she was replaced by a Democrat — albeit a self-described “radical centrist” Democrat — by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Wyman recently vacated the position for one with the Biden administration’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the job was handed to State Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens). Hobbs was sworn in late last month and will hold the position for the remainder of Wyman’s term, through 2022.

Whoever will hold the position next will have to first field a 2022 summer primary, with the top two contenders advancing to the 2022 November General Election. Anderson says she hopes voters will recognize that her experience overseeing Pierce County elections for the past decade has primed her to be the next Secretary of State. As for who she’ll be facing, Hobbs has said he will run for another term once he’s finished Wyman’s. Republican state Sen. Keith Wagoner has also announced a bid for the position.

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