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Next county assessor-treasurer? How about Brian Sonntag?

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Sep. 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm with 5 Comments »
September 16, 2011 8:44 am

On Monday, state Auditor Brian Sonntag announced he won’t run for re-election.

On Tuesday, we learned that the campaign to recall Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam had fallen just short of the needed petition signatures.


Just a coincidence? Well, yes. But I couldn’t help wondering if one of Pierce County’s most successful politicians might be giving any thought to running for assessor-treasurer next year.

“To be honest, I hadn’t thought about it; I assumed the recall effort would be successful,” Sonntag said today. But, he noted, “Pierce County is still where my heart is. . . . I’d be interested in exploring it.”

Although just about any credible candidate could probably fare well against Washam, were he to seek re-election, Sonntag would be formidable. He’s one of the most popular statewide elected officials, and he’s been elected to two different positions already in Pierce County: as county clerk in 1978 when he was only 26 years old, and as county auditor twice.

But wouldn’t the assessor-treasurer position be a comedown for Sonntag?

You might think so, but actually it pays quite a bit more: $123,210 in 2010, compared to the state auditor’s salary of $116,950. And Sonntag, who lives in University Place, would be only 10 minutes away from the assessor-treasurer’s office in the county annex compared to the nasty commute to Olympia.

“You’ve started a spark,” Sonntag said. “It’s certainly worth thinking about.”


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  1. mattersnot1 says:

    I’d rather see him run for Pierce County Auditor again. The A/T office is being cleaned up and operating better than it has been in years.

  2. dirtydan54 says:

    When all else fails bring in a ringer to try and restore what maybe slipping away.

  3. dirtydan54 says:

    Elect no one even remotely associated or friendly to the good ol boys of Pierce co. agencies or the former officers from its past. Seems theyd realize we can see and easily predict what they are considering and/or attempting to do next. And how do they seem to believe the current A/T won’t be re elected by a public thats on to them and quickly growing in numbers?

    Old habits are very hard to quit it seems. Their games and position of unchallenged power is seemingly in the infancy of becoming to an end yet they refuse to consider it becoming a very true reality.

  4. I’d rather see Brian as county exec. Get rid of everyone who got in on ranked choice voting. Well, almost everyone since they didn’t quite get Dale.

    And Ms. Tucker, I wouldn’t be so sure that Dale will have a hard time holding onto his office. He already is cleaning up the office and that is the theme for the next election cycle. Look at the two special elections just tonight – both won by strong conservatives.

    You know – tea party types. Hobbits. SOBs.

  5. go dale !

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