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3 Candidate(s).
Ballot NamePartyStatement
Brian SonntagDemocratView
Will BakerRepublicanView
Jason G. BushLibertarianView

Sonntag for Auditor
2906 S. Proctor
Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: 253.779.4039

Brian Sonntag has changed the auditor’s office from an obscure bureaucracy to what Washington’s founders intended – a champion for Washington’s taxpayers.

Brian’s support from all across Washington is reflected by what these newspapers had to say in the last election…The Herald, Everett "He (Sonntag) is widely respected by elected leaders of both parties for conducting checks into governments that are objective and free of partisanship." Seattle P-I said "Sonntag has discharged his duties in a professional, innovative manner." And recently, Tri-City Herald called Sonntag "one of Washington’s strongest proponents of open government."

Sonntag is a Certified Government Financial Manager, member of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, served on Governor Gardner’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, boards of United Way, Boys and Girls Club and youth baseball and basketball coach.

Brian has been recognized with the Seattle Municipal League’s Warren G. Magnuson Award and Washington Newspaper Publishers Freedom Light Award.

Sonntag has been endorsed by the State Labor Council, Association of Realtors, Washington Council of Firefighters, teachers, public employees, business leaders and many others – but the most important endorsement is your vote!

Hire Brian Sonntag your State Auditor. Sonntag brings accountability and common sense to state government.

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WILL BAKER Republican
People for Will Baker
PO Box 458
Tacoma, WA 98401
Phone: 253.627.1317

I believe the number one issue in the 2004 State Auditor election ought to be the attempts by the FBI to cover up the events surrounding Crystal Brame’s murder.

Fact: On April 24, 2003, former Pierce County Sheriff Mark French’s computer was seized in a child pornography investigation. (On August 27, 2003, Sheriff French was charged with seven felony counts of possession of child pornography –including photos of babies being raped.)

Fact: On April 26, 2003, Tacoma police Chief David Brame murdered his wife, Crytal, and then killed himself.

Fact: Tacoma’s handling of domestic violence has received a lot of media attention since the Brame murder/suicide.

Fact: 2003 was a Tacoma City Council election year.

Fact: Former Pierce County Prosecutor/current Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, the Pierce County Council and the Tacoma City Council tried to "cash-in" on Crystal’s murder by throwing a sales tax proposal on the November 4, 2003 general election ballot.

Fact: When Tacoma City Council candidate Will Baker publicly opposed the way the City Council was handling the Brame murder/suicide and the tax proposal, the County Council and the City Council arrested Will at several Council meetings.

Please call "60 Minutes" at (212) 975-2006.

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JASON G. BUSH Libertarian
Friends of Bush
18034 72nd Avenue S.
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: 425.251.9400 x208

Compliance with the law, accurate management of state funds, and champion for change when it is best for Washington State in the long term, these are the responsibilities of State Auditor. This office must be willing to bring to the public’s attention any issue that is not in the public’s best interest regardless of whether or not it is politically favorable.

If elected, all government offices will be under scrutiny and publicly accountable for their decisions. It will be a long and difficult road to efficient government, but this November we can make it happen together. Vote Libertarian.

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