Kim Wyman

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Kim Wyman
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Washington Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
January 16, 2013-present
Term ends
2017
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSam Reed (R)
Compensation
Base salary$116,950
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$293,912
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Thurston County Auditor
2001-2012
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Long Beach
Master'sTroy State University
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Kim Wyman campaign logo
Kim Wyman is the 15th and current Washington Secretary of State. A Republican, she first won election on November 6, 2012 and took office on January 16, 2013. Wyman narrowly defeated Kathleen Drew (D) to succeed Sam Reed (R), who chose not to run for re-election.[1] Due to the closeness of the race, Drew did not concede until November 10.[2]

Wyman is the second woman to serve as secretary of state in Washington. Prior to her election she served as Thurston County Auditor for 12 years.[3] The only statewide Republican to win office in 2012, Wyman was endorsed by numerous county auditors and election officials from across the political spectrum.[4]

Biography

Wyman served for eight years as Elections Manager. In January 2001 she was appointed Thurston County Auditor. Wyman went on to serve until 2012, a total of four terms. She is a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) for Washington State.[5]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, California State University, Long Beach
  • Master's in Public Administration, Troy State University, European Division

Political career

Washington Secretary of State (2013-present)

Wyman officially succeeded Sam Reed as secretary of state on January 16, 2013.

Thurston County Auditor (2001-2012)

Wyman served as Thurston County Auditor from 2001-2012.

Elections

2012

See also: Washington secretary of state election, 2012

Wyman ran successfully as a Republican candidate in the 2012 race for Secretary of State. She faced 6 others in the August 7 primary race, in which she received the highest number of votes among the candidates, earning one of two available slots on the general election ballot. The other slot went to second place finisher, Democrat Kathleen Drew, against whom Wyman squared off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6] The tight race was called for Wyman on November 10 after Drew conceded defeat. Of nine state executive elections, Wyman was the only Republican winner of 2012.[7]

Washington Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKim Wyman 50.4% 1,464,741
     Democratic Kathleen Drew 49.6% 1,442,868
Total Votes 2,907,609
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Washington Secretary of State, Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKim Wyman 39.8% 528,754
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Drew 21.7% 289,052
     Democratic Greg Nickels 15.9% 210,832
     Democratic Jim Kastama 13.9% 185,425
     Constitution Party Karen Murray 3.8% 50,888
     No Party Preference David Anderson 3.3% 44,276
     Human Rights Party Sam Wright 1.6% 20,809
Total Votes 1,330,036
Election Results Via: Washington Secretary of State


Wyman ran on her 20 years of auditing experience, including a stint auditing under outgoing secretary Sam Reed, during which she had overseen many successful elections. [8]

Issues

  • Voter ID

Wyman said she would be behind any legislation to increase voter-ID requirements.[8]

  • Modernization

Wyman said she wanted to use the secretary's office to modernize voter registration, "with an aim to make it more automated and strike a balance between security and access."[9]

  • Initiative Process

In light of the recent push to reform the state's initiative process - stemming from 2011's liquor-privatization measure - to limit the influence of corporate interests, Wyman said she nevertheless remained confident that the will of voters prevails under the current system. "Our voters, quite frankly, are pretty smart," Wyman explained, and that intelligence works to indemnify the voting public against blind seduction by well-funded causes.[9]

Endorsements

Wyman was endorsed by outgoing Secretary of State Sam Reed (R), and two of his predecessors, Ralph Munro and Bruce Chapman, as well as the Washington Education Association, all of whom, according to The Seattle Times, typically support Democratic candidates.[9]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wyman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Wyman raised a total of $293,912 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 7, 2013.[10]

Kim Wyman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington Secretary of State Won $293,912
Grand Total Raised $293,912

2012

Wyman won election to the position of Washington Secretary of State in 2012. During that election cycle, Wyman raised a total of $293,912.

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Contact information

Washington

Office Contact:
Thurston County Auditor
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Email: tcauditor@co.thurston.wa.us

Campaign Contact:
Citizens for Kim Wyman - GOP
PO Box 3812
Lacey, WA 98509-3812

Phone: (360) 742-0678
Email: Kim@KimWyman.com

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Preceded by
Sam Reed (R)
Washington Secretary of State
2013-present
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