Lakewood councilmember Linda Farmer leads race for Pierce County auditor

Because current Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson has reached her term limit, three candidates have come forward to fill the vacancy.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. – Lakewood City Council member Linda Farmer leads the current race for Pierce County’s auditors with 44% of the vote.

Challenger Deryl McCarty is 32% behind.

Current Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is reaching her term of office and is running for Secretary of State, leaving the position open to a newcomer.

The Pierce County CPA is responsible for conducting county elections, licensing services, and receiving and indexing public records such as deeds, mortgage documents, and easements.

McCarty raised the most during the campaign, reporting $17,165 in donations. Farmer was close behind, reporting $15,795 to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Damon Townsend was $10,876 behind.

McCarty served as Pierce County’s assistant chartered accountant and is a 30-year Air Force veteran.

In his candidate statement, McCarty called for more cameras and better-trained observers to watch the ballots being handled, and for ballot-tally machines to be checked before, during and after the count.

Farmer is currently a member of Lakewood City Council. Her tenure began in 2020. She also served as Chief Communications Officer for the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.

Farmer said she is running to continue the legacy of fair, transparent and trustworthy elections for Pierce County’s auditor while continuing to break down barriers to voting and ensure public confidence in democracy.

Townsend currently serves as an elections consultant and previously served as an elections specialist and supervisor for Pierce County, including serving as interim elections manager for Clallam and Cowlitz counties.

Townsend cited his experience as an elections commissioner in Pierce County, where he oversaw updating the county’s tally system, helped develop the VoteWA registration system, and implemented election accountability systems. Townsend said he will work as auditor to ensure elections are accurate, secure, transparent and accessible. Lakewood councilmember Linda Farmer leads race for Pierce County auditor

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