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Spatz says he’s ready for another term as auditor

MONTESANO — County Auditor Vern Spatz announced Monday that he will seek re-election.

Spatz has been the county auditor since October of 1989. He is currently the second longest-serving county auditor in the state. Should he win, he says he’ll be the longest-serving auditor.

“As the county auditor, I have successfully led the office as it has faced many challenges,” Spatz wrote in his announcement. “I enjoy the variety of work doing elections, recordings, vehicle licensing and accounting for the citizens of Grays Harbor and I have much still to contribute to the ongoing achievements of our office.”

Spatz notes that the staff in his office has been reduced from 12 to seven over the years, constituting a 40 percent drop.

“We met the challenge by learning to work more efficiently even as our work load has remained constant. Our office goal is to continue to be noted for our friendly customer service; something I take pride in.”

In July of last year, Spatz announced he had throat cancer. He says he’s since finished chemotherapy.

“I’m feeling great,” Spatz said, thanking his staff for filling in for him while he had to take the occasional day off.

Spatz has a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He’s a military veteran, has held office in many organization and is a graduate of Hoquiam High School. He’s been married for 44 years, has two children and seven grandchildren. No other candidates have announced they will file for the office. Spatz is a Democrat, but has urged the state Legislature for years to make the position non-partisan.

Other county posts up for election include Assessor Rick Hole, Clerk Cheryl Brown, Treasurer Ron Strabbing, Coroner Dan Burns, Sheriff Rick Scott, District Court Judges Tom Copland and Stephen Brown along with the vacant prosecutor position. There’s also a county commission seat.