Noah Crocker announced Monday his candidacy to become the next county treasurer.
Crocker, 28, finished second to Olympia Mayor Pro Tem Joe Hyer during the now-nullified process to appoint an interim treasurer. He will run as a Democrat.
Crocker, who has never run for public office, said he has the education and experience to fill what he characterized as a professional finance position. He holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Washington and has worked as a state treasury program manager for more than five years.
“I believe I can bring a lot to that position, and I’m excited to serve the citizens of Thurston County,” he said.
Two other candidates have announced they will run for the four-year term beginning in January: Hyer and Bill Pilkey, a financial planner and president of the Taxpayers’ Association.
In the wake of his drug-related arrest, Hyer has temporarily suspended his campaign. Hyer said Monday he would make a decision about his campaign by the end of the month or “as other situations resolve themselves.”
He’s referring to the pending criminal case against him for allegedly selling marijuana on two separate occasions to an unidentified confidential informant working with the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force. Hyer is charged with three felonies, and a conviction on any one of them would bar him from holding public office.
The incumbent treasurer, Robin Hunt, had announced her intention to resign from office March 1 to take a job in the private sector.
Following the party’s nomination process, county commissioners had informally selected Hyer to succeed Hunt until the election results for the new treasurer were certified in late November. On Feb. 23, the day Hyer was charged, Hunt rescinded her resignation to provide “time to develop a reasoned response and time for everyone who is interested in the appointment to have an opportunity to participate.”
Hunt is working both jobs with occasional visits to the treasurer’s office. She will donate back to the county’s general fund an amount from her paycheck that is commensurate with a work week of less than 40 hours.
“The list (of nominees) went away when she rescinded her resignation,” said Jim Cooper, the party chairman. “If and when that should happen again, we’ll start from scratch.”
Hunt has said she plans to resign when it’s clear that there’s a path forward for everyone in the county.
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