Republican state Sen. Mark Miloscia and Democratic Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy are highlighting their different types of experience as they vie to replace Troy Kelley as state auditor.
Miloscia says his background in auditing gives him an edge, while McCarthy argues that what the office really needs is a proven executive-level manager.
The auditor is the elected official charged with rooting out waste and fraud in government operations. It employs about 350 people around the state and is tasked with ensuring governments from sewer districts to statewide agencies have adequate financial controls and abide by applicable laws and their own policies.
Over the past three decades, McCarthy has been a Tacoma school board member, deputy county auditor, elected county auditor and finally county executive.
Miloscia, a Democrat-turned-Republican, served seven terms in the state House of Representatives before his election in 2014 to the Senate, where he chairs the Accountability and Reform Committee. A former B-52 pilot, he says he gained crucial experience by auditing Boeing programs for the Air Force.