Gary Alexander, the Republican state legislator appointed to serve as Thurston County auditor, has won an election endorsement from a union that represents most county employees.
Alexander announced in a news release Wednesday that the Washington State Council of County and City Employees endorsed him in the Nov. 5 election for an unexpired term.
Mary Hall, a Pierce County elections supervisor who lives in Lacey, also is in the race as a Democrat.
Alexander led Hall in the August primary by about 5 percentage points, but Hall put out a statement after the vote, saying she had "come a long way for a county elections administrator with no name recognition vs. a well-known conservative politician."
Hall also argued that Republican turnout usually is higher during a primary.
Alexander, a nine-term state House member and former Olympia port commissioner, was appointed in January to fill the vacancy left when Kim Wyman was sworn in as secretary of state. But he must win election to serve the remaining one year on the term in 2014.
Update: Clarifies that Alexander is running for election to an unexpired term, not re-election.