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Pat McCarthy announces bid for county executive

Post by News Tribune Staff on Dec. 3, 2007 at 5:50 pm with No Comments »
December 3, 2007 5:50 pm

The prospect of an extra term as county auditor apparently wasn’t enough to keep Pat McCarthy out of the race for Pierce County executive.

The two-term auditor sent an e-mail to media outlets at 4:57 p.m. today announcing her decision to run for executive next year. She’s the second Democrat in the increasingly high-profile race, along with a Republican and an independent.

“Pierce County needs an executive with actual experience running a large, complex organization,” McCarthy, 53, said in the e-mail. “I’ve managed a diverse department with 55 permanent employees and hundreds of temporary employees serving over 400,000 registered voters as well as thousands of citizens who rely on quality licensing and recording services. No one else in this race has those qualifications or my level of experience.”

Two members of the Pierce County Council – Calvin Goings and Shawn Bunney – also are seeking the post being vacated by two-term Democrat John Ladenburg, who’s prohibited by term limits from running again.

Earlier this year, the council – in what was viewed by observers as an enticement to keep her out of the race – put a county charter amendment on last month’s ballot that extends term limits for the auditor to three terms. Voters approved the change.

Tacoma City Councilman Mike Lonergan announced last month that he’ll run for the executive post as an independent.

Before being elected as auditor, McCarthy also served as an elected member of the Tacoma School Board for 12 years and was an administrator for the University of Washington Tacoma.

She has scheduled a campaign kickoff Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Joeseppi’s Restaurant at N. 21st and Pearl Street in Tacoma. She said dignitaries will include former Pierce County executives Joe Stortini and Booth Gardner (who’s also a former governor).

For more information, e-mail the campaign at PeopleforPatMcCarthy2008@live.com.

UPDATE: Of course, in our amateur, arm-chair analysis, we failed to note that McCarthy didn’t face an either-or decision. She was elected to her second term as auditor a year ago, and she just told me that she intends to keep the post while campaigning for executive. So if she loses the race for executive, she’ll still be auditor until 2010 (when she can consider seeking a third term).

To see the bio she included with her campaign announcement, click below.

Pat McCarthy, Pierce County Auditor


&bull Elected Pierce County Auditor 2003 to Present

&bull Deputy Auditor from January 1999 to January 2002

&bull Administrator and Advisor for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, University of Washington, Tacoma 1991-1998

&bull Past School Board Director for Tacoma School District 1987-1999


&bull Married 32 years to John McCarthy, Superior Court Judge

Four adult children and one grandchild:

&bull Brie McCarthy Hopkins, Attorney –Husband,Tom Hopkins – Grandson Patrick John

&bull Conor McCarthy, Attorney – Wife – Kathryn McCarthy

&bull Lindsey McCarthy, College Advisor, University of Washington Bothell

&bull Kelsey McCarthy, Seattle University Law School


&bull B.A. University of Washington, Tacoma Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Cum Laude June 1992


&bull Certified Elections/Registration Administrator-Auburn University-August 2002

&bull Certified Elections Administrator State of Washington,

Secretary of State-January 2001

&bull Certified Public Official in Management, Elections and Recording, National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials & Clerks-July 2001

&bull Certificate of Achievement for the 2001 Leadership Program from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Pierce County-July 2001

Community Activities and Recognitions:

&bull U.S. Election Commission Standards Board Member-2006-present

&bull Board Member of the National Association of Country Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) – Member since 1999

&bull Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County, Board Member-2006-present

&bull Member of City Club – 2000 to present, Board Member – 2003 to present

&bull Member Tacoma South Rotary – 1999 to present, Past President 2005-2006

&bull Member of the 27th District Democrats

&bull Member of the Pierce County Democrats

&bull Member of the Pierce County Women’s Political Caucus

&bull Honorary Commander 62nd Airlift Wing McChord Air Force Base-2005 to 2008

&bull American Leadership Forum Class XII Fellow – 2005

&bull University of Washington Tacoma, Alumni Association

&bull Recipient the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award – 2005

&bull Member of Washington State Association of County Auditor’s – 2003 to present – Legislative Co-Chair for the Washington State Association of County Auditor’s – 2003 to 2005

&bull Secretary of State’s Auditor of the Year Award – 2005

&bull Chair of Publicity Committee for the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) – 2001 to 2002

&bull Board Member United States Election Assistance Commission 2006 – present

&bull Washington State Association of County Auditors Secretary of Board 2006-2007

Pierce County
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