Sharon Hanek

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Sharon Hanek
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Candidate for
Washington Treasurer
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
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Sharon Hanek was a 2012 Republican candidate for Washington Treasurer in the 2012 elections.[1] She was defeated by incumbent James McIntire (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]


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.[3]


  • B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting, University of Washington
  • Certified Public Accountant



See also: Washington down ballot state executive elections, 2012

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.[1] 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.[4][1]

Washington Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames McIntire Incumbent 58.7% 1,695,401
     Republican Sharon Hanek 41.3% 1,192,150
Total Votes 2,887,551
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,”[5][6] has discussed her defining issue positions and campaign priorities in interviews and on her official campaign website. They include:

  • Transparency

Hanek plans to make government in the capital more accountable with what campaign fliers called "meaningful transparency."[6] "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."[6]

  • Education

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"[4] brought up with legislators when she was at the Capitol testifying against a sex-education bill.[4]


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Hanek lost the election to the position of Washington Treasurer in 2012. During that election cycle, Hanek raised a total of $21,413.


Hanek currently resides in Bonney Lake, Washington. She is the mother of three children.[1]

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