Miloscia Running for State Auditor

State Senator Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) announced his bid today to run for Washington State Auditor and to bring back respect and leadership to an office that has been plagued with scandal and embarrassment since Troy Kelley was elected nearly three years ago. 

“Troy Kelley has brought shame and embarrassment to our once well-respected State Auditor’s office. The office has been rudderless since Kelley’s predecessor, Brian Sonntag, retired. As the next State Auditor, I will critically examine all government spending in a fair and nonpartisan manner in the same way Auditor Sonntag did for 20 years.  As we look to invest in critical programs that suffered devastating cuts during the recession, state government must improve its performance. I have a proven track record in both the public and private sectors, rooting out waste and improving performance.”

Miloscia served in the State House of Representatives from 1999-2013. After being elected to his first Senate term in 2014, he was named chair of its Accountability and Reform Committee, which oversees improving performance of state programs and audits of agencies. He is a recognized state and national leader in government accountability and ethics reform since he was first elected.

 “We can’t afford to waste money.  Every dollar wasted is one dollar less for schools or highway improvements.  I learned how to get the most out of the taxpayer’s hard-earned dollar by auditing Boeing programs for the Air Force, and during my tenure in the State House and Senate. Washingtonians are sick of seeing incompetence in their state government. Departmental mismanagement has led to problems like costly overruns with projects such as the Highway 99 tunnel and the Seattle seawall, and preventable lawsuits that have forced the Department of Social and Health Services to pay out over $160 million in the last eight years. We need to hold these people accountable, and stop further waste.”

In addition to being a leader on government accountability and transparency issues, Sen. Miloscia is widely regarded as one of Washington’s fiercest social justice advocates. He championed a bill in 2005 that aimed to cut the state’s homeless population by 50%, and was honored with an award from the King County Family Coalition/Arc of King County for his support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in 2015.

Miloscia has served as both a Democrat in the State House and Republican in the State Senate. He says he believes the State Auditor’s office should become nonpartisan.

“The Auditor’s office should not be partisan,” Miloscia said. “Some Democrats hesitated to criticize Troy Kelly because of partisan loyalty. Party politics should have no place in an independent auditor.”

Miloscia says his goal, as Washington’s next State Auditor, is to help make our local governments more effective so that they can provide better services for middle class families and our state’s most vulnerable citizens.

“First, we need to turn around the Auditor’s office after the past four years and then set new standards for performance and financial audits.  It takes someone experienced in government operations and quality management to get the job done.”

Sen. Miloscia, a former AF B-52 pilot, received an engineering degree from the Air Force Academy. He also has an MBA from the University of North Dakota, Masters in Clinical Psychology from Chapman University, and is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Miloscia has been contract manager and a former executive at Tacoma Goodwill Industries and Federal Way Youth and Family Services.  He currently works as an emergency substitute teacher in the Auburn School District. Mark has been married to Meschell for 35 years and is especially proud of their three children, two children in laws, and six grandsons.

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