|Bachelor's||University of Washington|
Hanek was raised on U.S. military bases in Japan before her family settled down in Washington. She attended the University of Washington, where she earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting. As a college student, Hanek was President of an international business students organization (AIESEC) and interned at an accounting firm in Europe. Following graduation, Hanek became a licensed C.P.A. and later founded her own private practice. In 1998, she diverted her CPA practice to focus on tax and financial advising for small businesses and individual clients.
- B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting, University of Washington
- Certified Public Accountant
Hanek was a Republican candidate for treasurer in 2012. She was defeated by incumbent James McIntire (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Hanek ran a successful write-in campaign for State Treasurer in the primary election on August 7th, earning herself a place on the general election ballot alongside long-serving Democratic officeholder Jim McIntire. Hanek's write-in victory marked the first time in three decades that a statewide candidate cleared the 1% vote rule required of top-two primary write-in candidates to advance to the general election. She earned over 31,000, coming to 3.4%, of the votes.
|Washington Treasurer General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||James McIntire Incumbent||58.7%||1,695,401|
|Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.|
Hanek's campaign emphasizes her background as an accountant who has helped fellow conservative candidates manage their campaign finance reports made to the state Public Disclosure Commission. The Republican candidate, who considers herself a “Christian conservative,” has discussed her defining issue positions and campaign priorities in interviews and on her official campaign website. They include:
Hanek plans to make government in the capital more accountable with what campaign fliers called "meaningful transparency." "As State Treasurer I believe that the accounting system should be transparent and relevant data should be easily accessible to both decision makers and citizens and I will advocate for such a system."
Hanek advocates for different standardized tests than the currently administered Washington Assessment of Student Learning. She also wants to probe how state money is being disbursed for technology in schools, an issue the self-professed "education watchdog mom" brought up with legislators when she was at the Capitol testifying against a sex-education bill.
Hanek lost the election to the position of Washington Treasurer in 2012. During that election cycle, Hanek raised a total of $21,413.
|Washington Treasurer 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Sharon Hanek's campaign in 2012|
|Benton County Republican Party||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$21,413|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Hanek currently resides in Bonney Lake, Washington. She is the mother of three children.
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- Washington state executive official elections, 2012
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- Patch.com, 'Bonney Lake mom successfully launches write-in campaign to get on ballot for state treasurer," September 17, 2012
- Seattle's Q13 FOX, "Inslee maintains slim lead in governor's race; Ferguson wins attorney general contest," November 7, 2012
- Sharon Hanek Official Campaign Website, "Sharon Hanek Biography," accessed September 17, 2012
- The Seattle Times, "Write-in candidate makes it onto ballot in state treasurer's race," September 17, 2012
- The Tacoma News Tribune, "Bonney Lake mom on state ballot after write-in campaign," September 17, 2012
- Sharon Hanek Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed September 17, 2012
- Sharon Hanek Campaign Website, "Endorsements," accessed September 27, 2012