Secretary of State Could Face Tough Test in Re-election Bid
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Secretary of State Kim Wyman is the lone statewide elected Republican in Washington state, the latest in a line of GOP chief election officers who have held the office for the last 52 years.
Wyman narrowly won her election four years ago and is facing another potentially tough fight against a Democrat this year as she seeks a second term.
Tina Podlodowski, a former Microsoft manager who served on the Seattle City Council for one four-year term in the 1990s, has raised about $230,000 in the race so far, compared with the $120,000 raised by Wyman. Libertarian candidate Tim Turner has raised about $300.
In addition to leading elections, the secretary of state also serves as chief corporations officer and supervisor of the state archives and state library.