Stuart Holmes, a nationally recognized election administrator for the Washington Secretary of State’s Office, today announced his candidacy for Thurston County Auditor.

“Thurston County deserves a leader who shares the same values as the voters,” said Holmes. “I am excited to have the opportunity to represent our diverse community, including our youth, seniors, minorities, and military families.”

Holmes currently serves as the Voting Information Systems Manager where he supervises the support, testing, and development of voter registration and election information systems. Previously, he was Election Administrator with the Benton County Auditor’s Office where he gained familiarity with all aspects of a county auditor’s office. There, he won the Secretary of State’s Election Employee of the Year award.

In his 13 years of election administration experience, Holmes has led the State of Washington in studies on cybersecurity, election accessibility, automatic voter registration, and fully auditable elections.

“Voters need the confidence that their ballot is counted as cast by an independent, impartial and professional County Auditor,” said Holmes. “We should not trust the management of elections and voting to self-interested partisan representatives. As an independent, I am the only candidate who will handle a voter’s ballot without bias or judgment.”

Holmes’ passion for public service has forged relationships and reduced barriers to voters across the country. “I knew public service was what I was born to do the moment I started,” he said. “There is a special feeling when you ensure a soldier receives and returns their ballot from anywhere in the world or a voter living with a disability is able to vote privately and independently for the first time.”