Thurston County voters are overwhelmingly supporting a fourth term for Auditor Kim Wyman, according to initial election results.
Wyman, the county’s only elected Republican, led Democratic challenger Ric Abbett with more than 67 percent of the vote in early returns.
“It’s very, very nice to know that I’m going to have a job for four more years,” Wyman said. “I’m very, very happy.”
Abbett, a self-employed consultant, was with Wyman at the county elections shop in Tumwater when the results came in and conceded the election soon after with a handshake.
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Abbett said he’s disappointed that Democrats continue to support a Republican auditor.
Abbett ran on the message that it was time for a new face at auditor – saying the position had taken a “bureaucratic” tone and wasn’t serving the community as well as it could.
Abbett is the first candidate to challenge Wyman for the position during her nearly 11 years on the job. He admitted earlier in the campaign that unseating Wyman would be an uphill battle.
Abbett said his decision to wait to file until the deadline but him at a serious disadvantage that he was unable to overcome.
Wyman has worked in the Auditor’s Office since 1991 and touted her reform and progressive changes to the office during the campaign.
Looking to her next term, Wyman said she will focus on moving the primary election to an earlier date, in part to better serve overseas and military voters, and will explore electronic voting for overseas voters.
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