State Sen. Mark Miloscia to run for state auditor

State Sen. Mark Miloscia will run for state auditor next year, becoming the first candidate to declare for the post occupied by indicted incumbent Troy Kelley.

Miloscia, a Republican from Federal Way, announced his campaign in emails to supporters and the media Thursday, saying Kelley has “brought shame and embarassment to our once well-respected State Auditor’s office.”

Kelley, a Democrat, is facing a 17-count federal indictmentaccusing him of money laundering and tax evasion related to a real-estate reconveyance company he owned.

Kelley has refused calls from Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders of both parties to resign — instead taking an unpaid leave of absence. He has denied wrongdoing and has vowed to fight to clear his name, while remaining largely out of the public eye.

Miloscia said Kelley “has lost the trust of everyone in our state… and his self-imposed witness protection program has only made matters worse. He simply must go.”

Miloscia served a Democratic state representative from 1999 to 2013 and ran unsuccessfully for state auditor in 2012.

He switched parties in 2014 to run as a Republican for the state Senate. A social conservative who opposes abortion, Miloscia said at the time the Democratic Party had become intolerant of such dissenting views.

A longtime advocate of government performance audits, Miloscia chairs the state Senate Accountability and Reform Committee.

credit: Seattle Times

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