Elected Experience: Pierce County Executive, currently serving her second term. Pat leads a county government with 3,000 employees. Previously elected as Pierce County Auditor (2005 County Auditor of the Year) and twelve years as a Tacoma School Board Member.
Other Professional Experience: Sound Transit, Recent Chair; 2015 U.S. Open Championship, Chair; Board Member: Alliance for a Healthy South Sound, Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership.
Education: B.A., University of Washington, Tacoma
Community Service: Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County, Emeritus; United Way of Pierce County; Received awards for land conservation, open government, and access to justice.
Statement: I am the only candidate for State Auditor with proven executive leadership experience. I have always served the public with honesty and integrity during my 25 years of local government service. It’s why I was named the 2005 County Auditor of the Year by the Secretary of State, and it’s why I’ve been endorsed by many County Auditors on both sides of the Cascades!
Trusted: I have an unmatched understanding of public records and public money. It’s why I’ve been endorsed by Chris Gregoire and Norm Dicks; County Executives Dow Constantine, Ron Sims, and Bob Drewel; National Women’s Political Caucus; AFSCME/WSCCCE Council 2; and many other leaders listed on my website.
Tested: Restoring public confidence in the State Auditor’s office won’t be an easy job. I served as County Auditor during the 2004 gubernatorial recount, and I led the statewide effort to restore public confidence in our elections system. I led Pierce County through the Great Recession and stood up against elected officials who abused the public’s trust.
Transparent: My office received the Key Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government for refreshing recordkeeping for the digital age. Government must be accountable to the public it serves.