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What’s on Your Ballot: State Treasurer

Tomorrow, Monday, July 27, is the last day you can register to vote online. After tomorrow you will need to go to your county’s election office, in person, to register. You can register to vote, or update your voter registration online (until tomorrow), or in-person until 8:00 pm the night of the August 4 Primary Election. But why wait that long? Do it now at Vote.Wa.Gov, and get that ballot in!

If you have not yet received your ballot, contact your county (King or Pierce) elections department ASAP. Voters do not have to declare a party affiliation to vote in the primary. 

State Treasurer

On the official office website, the Office of the State Treasurer is described as”the bank for Washington state government,” with the responsibility of the “safety and security of the state’s money, now and into the future.”

Additional duties listed under the office’s description include:

  • The office manages cash flow of all major state accounts with deposits, withdrawals and transfers – more than $288 billion in Fiscal Year 2019.
  • It allocates the state’s operating cash to investments that bear interest but remain available for withdrawal, as needed; and it grows the short-term surplus operating cash of cities, school districts, counties and other taxing bodies through its Local Government Investment Pool.
  • OST keeps careful accounts of all transactions, using the Agency Financial Reporting System (AFRS) and the custom-developed Treasury Management System (TM$).
  • The Treasurer issues and manages the state’s debt. State debt is issued via bond sales to finance some of the state’s major capital and transportation projects; and through certificates of participation to finance real estate and equipment for state agencies and local governments. The Treasurer also manages the School Bond Guarantee Program which assures voter-approved bonds issued by school districts.
  • To foster transparency and comply with legislative requirements for all state agencies and offices, OST inventories its activities, provides updates on its budgeted operating expenditures, and issues summary financial reports for the current two-year state budget period.

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Washington State Treasurer – 4-year Term, Statewide position

Washington State Treasurer Candidates
Candidates submit their statements. Neither the Office of the Secretary of State or Auburn Examiner make corrections or verify statements for truth or fact. A candidate’s preference does not imply that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party, or that the party approves of or associates with that candidate.

Duane A. Davidson
(Prefers Republican Party)

Elected Experience
Washington State Treasurer, 2016-present; Benton County Treasurer, 2003-2016.

Other Professional Experience
Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certificate in Public Treasury Management (CPTM); former Chief Finance Officer for Benton County Auditor’s Office; former Assistant State Auditor, Robert Utter YMCA Youth & Government Leadership Award 2018.

Bachelor Degree in Accounting, Central Washington University; Associate Degree, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA.

Community Service
Chair of Banking Committee, National Association of State Treasurers (NAST); Past Vice President Western Region, NAST; Past President, Washington State Association of County Treasurers; Past President, Atomic City Kiwanis and Tri-City Industry Kiwanis; Past Treasurer Tri-City Kiwanis Foundation; former Church Treasurer.

It is an honor to serve you as State Treasurer. I’m proud of the achievements my office has made with the help of an excellent Treasury team.

I’ve been a strong advocate for an adequately funded Rainy Day Fund and will continue to steadfastly protect pension reserves and work to eliminate the unfunded pension liability. I will continue to advise the legislature on reducing the amount of state debt that is too high. I’m proud of the state debt refinancing that saved the state over $450 million in interest and achieved a triple-A bond rating for the first time in state history. We will continue to expand the programs that help local governments with their financing & investment opportunities and continue to grow the financial literacy program.

Managing public funds should not be subject to partisan politics. That is why I’m proud and honored to have the endorsement of past State Treasurers Mike Murphy and Dan Grimm, both Democrats. Bipartisan support is also evident in the over 50 current and past County Treasurers and County Officials that have endorsed my re-election.

I humbly request your vote to continue the work safeguarding public funds and increasing the transparency of state finances.


(206) 775-8762
[email protected]
PO BOX 2282
TACOMA, WA 98401
Candidate Website
Campaign Contributions

Mike Pellicciotti
(Prefers Democratic Party)

Elected Experience
Washington State Representative; House Capital Budget Committee Member.

Other Professional Experience
Mike’s broad experience is needed to lead us through today’s complicated legal financial challenges. An economic crimes prosecutor (Assistant Attorney General), Mike managed a State unit of financial examiners, auditors, and fiscal analysts that returned over $30 million to taxpayers from financial fraud and government waste.

Bachelor’s degree (Business Administration, economics minor); Master of Rural Development (Fulbright Scholar, economic development); Law Degree, Gonzaga.

Community Service
As Washington Equal Justice Coalition Chair, Mike advocated for homeowners unlawfully foreclosed upon, veterans denied benefits, and predatory lending victims. Federal Way Chamber of Commerce. St. Theresa’s Church parishioner.

Mike will be an independent treasurer who has never accepted corporate campaign donations. He will stop the longtime practice by treasurers of investing in the same corporations that fund their campaigns. Mike shares our Washington values; the incumbent treasurer supports Donald Trump for President.

A financial transparency champion, Mike led efforts to make the legislature’s records open for public view. He passed laws to expose “dark money” in politics. He wrote the Corporate Crime Act that increases financial penalties by 100 times. The Treasurer’s Office thanked Mike for working to pass laws that improved treasury investments.

Mike will put working families’ and retirees’ needs first. He will fight to return a billion dollars of Washingtonians’ unclaimed money stuck in the treasury back into your hands. Mike opposes a personal income tax and successfully supported laws reducing property taxes.

The son of educators, Mike will keep a watchful eye on your $100 billion pension investments. He won’t miss required Investment Board meetings. The incumbent treasurer personally attended just 3 of these 18 critical pension meetings since the fall of 2017. Endorsed by: Washington Education Association, State Nurses Association, State Labor Council, Washington Conservation Voters, Senator Patty Murray and leaders throughout Washington.

(253) 874-7934
[email protected]
P.O. BOX 20655
Candidate Website
Campaign Contributions

The Auburn Examiner encourages voters to do additional, independent, candidate research before casting their vote. Information on candidates can be obtained through interviews and profiles (local news outlets are usually a great source), questionnaires, candidate forums and debates, and any available voting records. A variety of websites also provide further details and information about candidates. We urge all voters to verify the authenticity of any website, and information used to inform their voting decisions. Always remember: trust, but verify.

Important 2020 Primary Dates

July 27: LAST DAY for online and mail voter registration and updates! These must be received 8 days before Election Day. You are still able to register to vote and update your voter registration in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
July 31: Unofficial, it is recommended that if mailing in your ballot, you return it by the Friday before Election Day to ensure it is postmarked by Election Day.
August 4: Deadline for in-person voter registration and updates (up to 8:00 pm).
August 4: Primary – Returned ballots must be postmarked or deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 pm on Election Day.

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