Mike Lonergan is making Pierce County political history by forming the “Executive Excellence Party” to back his bid for county executive in November. His strategy is to tout himself as the only executive candidate with experience as a chief executive.
Lonergan cites his experience as a director of the local Salvation Army and later the Tacoma Rescue Mission. But what about Democrat Pat McCarthy, who has run the county auditor’s office for six years. I don’t have the auditor’s budget at hand, but I’d wager it has a staff and budget comparable to the Rescue Mission.
From themission website:
The Mission’s current annual operating budget is 3.775 million with 67 full and part-time staff
I think McCarthy could legitimately claim chief executive experience. While her budget is determined by the executive and the council, she alone manages the county’s licensing functions and its elections. Oh, yes, she oversees the county’s animal control service now, too.
So you could say McCarthy is absolutely qualified to run for dogcatcher.