– The Olympian said this on May 22 about Rep. Gary Alexander:
“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.”
– On Monday, August 5, 2013, the day before the Primary votes are tabulated, Rep. Gary Alexander announced he will give up Legislature, “win or lose in the Thurston County auditors race.”
“Alexander won re-election to a two-year term in the House last fall in the 2nd District after serving eight terms in the 20th District, which is centered in Lewis County. When he first ran, he embraced a three-term pledge but decided to stay longer, and voters agreed with that decision.”
“Alexander didnt make it a secret this year that he was probably leaving the House. He was given the gavel to preside over the adjournment ceremony known as sine die on June 29, the final day of the Legislatures second special session,” quoting Brad Shannon in The Olympian.
– If Rep. Alexander KNEW he was going to resign from the Legislature over a month ago, why did he not tell his constituents prior to today’s Primary ballots being due, so voters could make a fully informed choice, as The Olympian aptly stated?
– Will Alexander’s Deputy Auditor and Yelm Mayor Ron Harding also announce his intentions to resign as mayor when he is re-elected in November unopposed, preferring to stay in the much-higher paying Deputy Auditor’s job?
– Or will his Republican friends in the Legislature appoint him to fill Rep. Alexander’s seat?
– If Mary Hall is elected County Auditor, will she keep Harding on as her Deputy, Hall being a 16 year veteran with much experience & Harding with virtually no large organizational business experience prior to Alexander appointing him last winter.
– Given Alexander’s 3-term pledge went by the wayside, who can trust this man’s word?
Stay tuned, as these Republican back-room “friendships” and deals play out!