Mary Hall barely wins job of county auditor

Staff writerNovember 14, 2013 

Mary Hall

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The close Thurston County auditor’s race appears to be over.

On Wednesday, Pierce County elections supervisor Mary Hall was maintaining a slim lead with 33,814 votes, or 50.54 percent. State Rep. Gary Alexander had 33,091 votes, or 49.46 percent.

Officials estimate there are about 450 ballots left to count, and the next tabulation will be released at 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the county’s website.

Alexander was appointed auditor in February to replace Kim Wyman who left to become Secretary of State.

In a phone interview on Election Night, Hall said she was “humbled” by the support she received in her campaign, which was one of the most contentious ones in South Sound.

“I think the first thing I want to do is get in and meet staff,” she said that night. “And there are definitely some positions that need to be filled — one being the internal auditor position.”

Also during an Election Night interview, Alexander said he was proud that he was able to maintain a positive campaign, even if the results didn’t turn in his direction.

“To me the real loser may be the county citizens themselves because now the entire courthouse will be one party,” he said.

Alexander won nine terms in the Legislature and one term on the Port of Olympia commission. He announced earlier this year that he would step down from the Legislature no matter how the election went.

Wednesday’s count did not change the results of any other races in Thurston County.

The election will be certified Nov. 26, and results will be declared final, Alexander said this week.

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