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Julie Anderson for Pierce County auditor – again

Post by Kim Bradford on Sep. 28, 2010 at 9:55 pm with 3 Comments »
October 22, 2010 5:48 pm

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Pierce County voters can be forgiven for spotting Julie Anderson’s name on the November ballot and possibly wondering, “Didn’t we just elect her?”

Anderson is running for county auditor again a year after she first won the office by beating the incumbent-by-appointment, Jan Shabro.

The Pierce County Council appointed Shabro in early 2009 after predecessor Pat McCarthy’s election to county executive created a vacancy in the auditor’s office.

Anderson, a former Tacoma city councilwoman, won the 2009 special election and is now vying for her first full term. The News Tribune editorial board endorsed her in 2009 and does so again this year.

It was Anderson’s experience as an administrator and her attention to detail that won her last year’s endorsement. She led the YWCA of Pierce County for three years and has been both a senior policy adviser for the state Department of Commerce and an assistant regional director for the state Department of Social and Health Services.

Anderson has put her management skills to work at the auditor’s office to improve service despite budget cuts. She’s expedited the reporting of election results and has significantly increased the number of transactions county residents complete online rather than in person.

She’s also helped further depoliticize an office that county voters opted to make nonpartisan several years ago. Notably, she has stopped plastering the auditor’s name on every piece of equipment and official literature in sight.

Her opponent, University Place School Board President Kent Keel, works as a financial analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs and previously was a technology consultant and director in the private and public sectors.

Keel argues that the auditor’s primary responsibility is to ensure that technology is put to its best and highest use to assist citizens and protect sensitive information.

Keeping abreast of new technology is certainly an important component of the auditor’s job, but it’s by far not the only one. We think Anderson is the clear choice in this race.

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  1. Perspicacious1 says:

    You have got to be kidding?! Anderson’s temper alone is reason to vote her OUT of office ! Half the men in politics in the County are scared of her wrath if they don’t endorse her…..her employees rarely see her, let alone have an established rapor with her……she’s never held a real job as an employer.

    Her personality is well suited to sit in an office with closed doors and not come out – oh wait, that’s what she does now!

    Julie Anderson just announced very clearly at the forum held at Meeker Middle School that she was clearly a Democrat. Her contributors are not bipartisan, her campaign workers are relatives of Pat McCarthy…..she’s about as non political as they come: NOT. She has polarized her employees, she has polarize volunteer groups that were established by both Pat McCarthy and Jan Shabro….

    Julie Anderson is one of the worst Auditors Pierce County has ever seen. Her election costs that she touts she reduced? They went down because Rank Choice Voting went away and she had absolutely NOTHING to do with that.

    Micky Mouse would be a better choice for Auditor.

  2. olympicmtn says:

    Hmmm… seems to me she said something about “VISUAL TRASH” when talking about campaign signs when she ran for city council.

    So Julie what about all your VISUAL TRASH?

  3. Anderson was as corrupt a City Council member as any we have ever seen !

    But, the lazy, inbread Homer’s of Tacoma will put her back in !

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