State auditor candidate Kelley in Bellingham for May 30 town hall

Troy Kelley, a small business owner and state lawmaker who recently announced his candidacy for the state auditor’s office, will be meeting with local residents at the Lettered Streets Coffee House in Bellingham at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30.

Kelley will be discussing his views on the auditor’s office and hearing ideas on how government can be more accountable to citizens, according to a May 24 press release from his campaign.

“Washington needs an independent voice as auditor,” Kelley said. “Our ability to focus state government on  our top priorities like education depends on our ability to manage budgets responsibly. I believe the best way I can ensure that happens is by applying my background in auditing and business to
make certain our tax dollars are used as efficiently as possible.

Kelley joins state Democratic lawmakers Mark Miloscia and Craig Pridemore, as well as Republican business person James Watkins in the 2012 auditor’s field. The current officeholder, Democrat Brian Sonntag, is retiring at the end of his term this year.

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