Lacey Republican Kim Wyman is launching her statewide campaign for secretary of state and intends to make a formal announcement Thursday morning in Olympia.
Wyman is Thurston County auditor and first Republican to say she will run in 2012 for the position after three-term GOP incumbent Sam Reed announced yesterday he is retiring.
Wyman is running on a record of competence as administrator of elections for the two decades including what she said were “over 80 accurate, open, and clean elections” and endorsements of 23 past or current countyauditors.
“Combined with the responsibility of managing public records, licensing, and finance, I have the real world experience to be ready to start the job on day one,” her press announcement says.
Democratic state Sen. Jim Kastama of Puyallup also is running and plans a July 5 announcement at Puyallup City Hall. Kastama is a former chairman of a Senate committee that dealt with elections and government operations.
Other Democrats considering a run include Kathleen Drew, a resident of Thurston County and government policy adviser to Gov. Chris Gregoire; state Rep. Zack Hudgins of Tukwila.