Tacoma native Brian Sonntag had already decided he wouldn’t run for governor. Today he said he won’t run for re-election as state auditor, either.
The Democrat and former Pierce County auditor and clerk is in his fifth term as state auditor, a watchdog agency that gained new responsibilities during his time in office. Voters agreed in 2005 to have the auditor do performance audits in addition to scouring government books and looking into whistleblower complaints.
He will fill out his term that ends in 2012.
From his e-mail:
In the past week, I made a difficult decision not to seek re-election as Washington State Auditor in 2012. It was a tough call, but it is the right decision. At the end of my current term, I will have served 20 years in this Office and 40 years in public service – 35 in elected office. Based on what we has accomplished and what we will continue to do in behalf of citizens, the 2012 election is the right time for the Office to transition to new leadership. During my service as State Auditor, I am proud that we have become strong advocates for Washington taxpayers. We raised the visibility and enhanced the credibility of the Office, brought national recognition to our work, put the audit focus on the most risky areas, vigorously pursued fraud, seized on performance audit authority, engaged the public, and advocated giving citizens greater access to their government.
UPDATED 3:30 p.m.