The Olympian Editorial:
“Filings for office both disappointing and interesting”
“Partisan politics will probably influence the race for Thurston County auditor, and raising the question again why this office is considered partisan.
The county commissioners recently appointed Gary Alexander, the deputy auditor and a Republican, to replace Kim Wyman after her election as secretary of state.
Alexander faces a challenge from Democrat Mary Hall of Lacey who has 16 years of experience as the Pierce County elections supervisor.
Voters deserve to know whether Alexander, who is serving his eighth term in the state House, will either resign or not seek re-election to his legislative seat if he wins the auditors job.
There is no law prohibiting state lawmakers from holding two posts, but Alexander should state his intentions clearly, so voters can make an informed choice.”
“During this campaign season, lets honor all the candidates by engaging them in public conversation and taking the time to understand their positions.”
There will be NO candidates in Yelm engaging in public conversation, as the only city council opponent withdrew from running, leaving the mayor and 4 council positions already elected and all unopposed.
Unopposed again is two-term Mayor Ron Harding, who filed for a 3rd term, a $30,000 a year part-time position to add to his current full-time Thurston County Deputy Auditor day job, a $70.000 a year position plus benefits. With a combined salary and benefits package, Harding’s annual take at the public trough is valued at approx. $125,000+.
– Will Mayor Harding drop one of his two public posts If Auditor Alexander drops one of his?
– Will Harding drop the $30,000 part-time mayor’s job or the $70,000+ Deputy Auditor job?
– Will Rep Alexander consider Harding’s 2 public posts problematic for his campaign?
Voters deserve to know Alexander’s intentions clearly!