Pierce County Auditor Pat McCarthy plans to kick off her campaign for county executive Thursday with an event at a restaurant owned by former County Executive Joe Stortini.
The affair will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Joeseppi’s Italian Ristorante, 2207 N. Pearl St. in Tacoma. From McCarthy’s announcement:
McCarthy works tirelessly as County Auditor. She has been a strong leader for positive change in our elections, recording, licensing and animal control divisions within her office. She was recognized as Auditor of the Year in 2005 for ensuring accuracy and impartiality during the controversial 2004 Governor’s race.
"I have the experience and accountability that’s vital for the Executive’s office," McCarthy said. "I am excited for the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Pierce County as the next County Executive."
Prior to being elected Auditor, McCarthy served two terms on the Tacoma School Board.
"I believe in and will provide good, smart and honest government," she continued. "As Executive, I will address important issues of public safety while creating livable communities and a government that’s answerable to the people it serves."
McCarthy’s campaign manager is Katie Rose, who managed last fall’s Tacoma City Council campaigns for Julie Anderson and Spiro Manthou. Both were re-elected.