Kelley is seeking to replace another Tacoman, Brian Sonntag, who has decided to not run for re-election. He is joining a field that already includes Republican business consultant James Watkins of Redmond, Democratic Sen. Craig Pridemore of Vancouver and Democratic Rep. Mark Miloscia of Federal Way.
In a statement, Kelley said he sees a need to continue improving the state’s transparency, accountability and fiscal integrity.
“Our ability to focus state government on our top priorities like education depends on our ability to manage budgets responsibly,” Kelley said. “I believe the best way I can ensure that happens is by applying my background in auditing and business to make certain our tax dollars are used as efficiently as possible.”
Kelley was first elected to the Legislature in 2006. An attorney and small business owner, he is vice chair of the House Business and Financial Institutions Committee. He also serves as a JAG lieutenant colonel for the Washington National Guard.
Troy Kelley and his wife, Diane, have two young children.