Tumwater City Councilman Tom Oliva has withdrawn from the county treasurer’s race.
Oliva notified the state Public Disclosure Commission of his decision, effective April 30.
Four days before, Oliva finished fourth in voting by the Thurston County Democratic Party as it selected its slate of three nominees to be considered for appointment as interim treasurer.
“I said all through the abbreviated campaign that I was eager to serve as interim treasurer and then campaign for a full term, he wrote in an e-mail, “but also that I would respect the decision of the (precinct committee officers) and commissioners if they settled on another candidate for the appointment.”
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Five announced candidates remain: Diana Benson, an accountant in the treasurer’s office; Noah Crocker, a state treasury program manager; Shawn Myers, former Thurston County chief deputy treasurer; Tom Nelson, a bank vice president, and Bill Pilkey, a certified financial planner.
The first three candidates are Democrats. Nelson is a Republican. Pilkey is an Independent Democrat.
On Tuesday, county commissioner appointed Myers to serve as interim treasurer until shortly after voters elect a new treasurer in November.
In January, Oliva was appointed to the seat vacated by Pete Kmet when he was elected mayor.