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ELECTION: Troy Kelley will be excellent auditor

State Rep. Troy Kelley has the knowledge, experience, integrity and temperament to replace Brian Sonntag and be an excellent state auditor.

I have served with Kelley for six years in Olympia as a fellow state representative and have seen him in action numerous times while we worked together on both the House Audit Review and Oversight Committee and the Legislative Audit Committee. He exactly knows the type of performance improvements government agencies must accomplish in order to eliminate waste and improve citizen satisfaction.

Kelley will bring his extensive military and business leadership to this office and help all state agencies

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ELECTION: Troy Kelley best choice for auditor

State Rep. Troy Kelley has served as a legislator for six years in the 28th District. In the voters’ pamphlet, his opponent characterizes him as “professional politician.” His opponent wants to become a professional politician. He ran for Congress in 2010 and filed for Congress in 2012 before switching to run for state auditor.

Kelley’s opponent makes reference in the voters’ pamphlet to a fox watching the hen house. It now appears that Kelley’s opponent is the fox with his eye on the hen house for he was calling state employees in the auditor’s office soliciting campaign donations. Not too

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ELECTION: Kelley worthy of auditor’s office

The News Tribune editorial board has, once again, gotten it wrong in its endorsement of James Watkins for state auditor (editorial, 10-12).

His opponent, Troy Kelley, has represented me for six years in the House of Representatives and has done an excellent job. Kelley stands for open government and fiscal responsibility, where this paper has reported that Watkins will not disclose even one of his “150-plus performance audits.” The City of Fircrest, and municipalities across the state, have benefited from Kelley’s work preserving the Public Works’ Trust Fund.

I first heard about Kelley from Rep. Larry Seaquist, who gave

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ELECTION: Watkins is clear choice for state auditor

Re: “Allegations at center of auditor’s race” (TNT, 10-8).

According to the article, “Allegations surfacing from a candidate’s past have brought a higher profile to the usually sleepy race for state auditor.” We find out that “Troy Kelley’s time at First American ended acrimoniously with both sides accusing each other of wrongdoing amid a wrongful termination lawsuit Kelley filed.” Then the reader is informed that “people liked Troy and worked very hard for him.”

Unfortunately, this article doesn’t tell the whole story. Kelley denies the allegations against him, yet he paid an undisclosed amount to settle this suit for misappropriation

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ELECTION: Why is TNT smearing Troy Kelley?

I have been dismayed over the past three months with The News Tribune’s coverage of the race for state auditor. You have consistently disseminated the false and spurious accusations of the inferior candidate, James Watkins, presenting these accusations as factual when they are anything but, amounting to attempted character assassination of his opponent, Troy Kelley.

It is as if we were back to the “good old days” of yellow journalism and muckraking. It is one thing to pursue the story of a genuinely unbalanced public servant run amok; it is quite another to sully the reputation of an upstanding and

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ELECTION: Kelley supported for state auditor

After reading your article (9-7) describing the allegations against Troy Kelley raised by his opponent, I was upset. I worked with Kelley in the private sector and even wrote the letters reimbursing his reconveyance clients – and sent out the reimbursement checks.

I have worked with many different people and companies in the private sector, and I know that Kelley maintains the highest integrity and moral standard. As someone who has worked with him and knows him personally, I know that he will make a fantastic state auditor.


ELECTION: Troy Kelley has integrity, honor

Re: “Accusations of theft, fraud dog candidate” (TNT, 9-7).

I was extremely disappointed to read the article you published about Troy Kelley. Your classless headline convicts him though the article eventually says he was never found guilty.

Kelley is a friend of ours; our children go to school together. We are fellow military officers. He is a man of integrity and honor. He has served our state loyally for multiple terms as well as our country in the Army. He is selfless, committed and responsible. We are lucky to have someone of his caliber running for state auditor.


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ELECTION: Constituents a top priority for Kelley

I read the letter to the editor (TNT, 7-16) which stated that state Rep. Troy Kelley does not respond to constituents, and I was personally offended.

As Kelley’s former legislative assistant, I know firsthand how hard he worked to respond to everyone. In fact, when I was hired the first thing he told me is, “I respond to every constituent.” And he verified this by the shear time and effort he put into his constituent services.

The 28th Legislative District is diverse, and people do not always agree, but Kelley took time to listen, discuss his views and build

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