Former state Rep. Jan Shabro, who just ran an unsuccessful campaign for assessor-treasurer, confirmed this morning she’s a candidate for Pierce County auditor.
The Lake Tapps Republican is one of 13 applicants to be considered by a five-member committee at a meeting this afternoon. The committee likely will meet behind closed doors to review the candidates’ qualifications, then pick three finalists in public. The County Council will appoint a new auditor next Tuesday.
Shabro, 68, served eight years on the County Council and four in the Legislature. In 2000 she ran unsuccessfully for county executive and last fall ran for assessor-treasurer. She briefly considered running for auditor in 2002, but ran for the Legislature instead.
Shabro cited her government and teaching experience and her job managing a successful dental practice as qualifications for auditor. "I really feel I have a talent for managing and working with people," she said.
As auditor, Shabro said she would support repealing Pierce County’s ranked choice voting system, used for the first time in November. And she wants a performance audit to examine whether consolidating polling places has been cost effective.
One Political Buzz reader claims Shabro will get the auditor’s job, thanks to backing from Councilmen Dick Muri and Shawn Bunney (you can read the comment here). Shabro said such a deal is "news to me" and she doesn’t assume she’ll get the job.
"Politics is too fluid and unpredictable to take anything for granted," she said.