Financial planner to run for Thurston Country treasurer

Certified financial planner Bill Pilkey is running for the Thurston County treasurer post.

Pilkey, 72, said that in the meantime, he also intends to seek appointment to complete the unexpired term of the incumbent, Robin Hunt. Hunt, a Democrat, is leaving for a new job, probably about March 1. The Thurston County Democrats will forward the names of three nominees for an appointment by the Thurston County commissioners. Hunt’s term ends in December.

Pilkey is a frequent critic of the spending decisions by county commissioners and said he doesn’t plan to run against a specific opponent but “for fiscal responsibility.”

“It is time for a real change, a solution- and future-oriented professional, not a professional politician,” he said in a news release, referring to Olympia City Councilman Joe Hyer, who also has announced his candidacy for county treasurer.

Pilkey served as executive director of the Washington Research Council, which he described as a “state government watchdog organization pledged to encourage efficiency, economy and fiscal responsibility in government,” from 1966 to 1977.

Last year, Pilkey revived the Thurston County Taxpayers’ Association, which promotes fiscal responsibility and honesty in government. He is the organization’s president.

Pilkey has made several unsuccessful bids for public office since the early 1980s. He was defeated in his bid to become a Port of Olympia commissioner in 2007.