Photo courtesy: Elect Mary Hall
The Olympian reported Wednesday evening after the Thurston County Auditor’s election results update:
“Mary Hall barely wins job of county auditor”
“The close Thurston County auditors race appears to be over.
On Wednesday, Pierce County elections supervisor Mary Hall was maintaining a slim lead with 33,814 votes, or 50.54 percent. State Rep. Gary Alexander had 33,091 votes, or 49.46 percent.”
“The election will be certified Nov. 26 and results will be declared final, Alexander said this week.”
– Olympia Disabilities’ advocate and attorney Brendan Williams “nailed-it” in his Letter to the Editor published this morning in The Olympian:
“I hope we move forward, as a tolerant community, with the failure of a deplorable attack by defeated Auditor/Rep. Gary Alexander upon those associated with J.Z. Knight. Knight herself is a public figure who can defend herself, but Republicans now wish to deny civic participation even to those finding value in Knight’s Yelm school.
Ironically, given Alexander’s opposition to the most basic civil rights laws, Republicans accused those associating with Knight of condoning bigotry. I’m the lineal descendant of a leader with eight wives in a major American religion, so I’m probably ill-equipped to pass public judgment on beliefs of others (even if I wanted to).
I’m sure aspects of my Methodism baffle those of other faiths, even fellow Christian denominations. All major religious texts can be read as having bizarre passages to those lacking faith in them. Must we attribute every eccentricity of faith, or mistakes by those to whom they are faithful, to campaign donors?
I don’t know Knight. But many of those who subscribe to her beliefs run businesses and are engaged, productive citizens who add value to Thurston County. I encourage, and welcome, their participation in our democracy, whatever my personal feelings about their beliefs.”
Hall is to take the Oath of Office November 26.
Double Dippers at the tax payers’ trough Interim County Auditor & Rep. Gary Alexander and his Deputy and Mayor Ron Harding will now end.
Alexander announced earlier this year he would step down from the Legislature at year’s end no matter the election’s results.
Harding will not be retained as Deputy Auditor by Hall, as she stated she is interested in seeking only the most qualified persons for the Auditor’s office – Harding has no formal business education or practical corporate business experience.