Reardon confident voters will see through the 'political charade'

ElectionsPoliticsAaron ReardonMark Roe

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon clearly has faith in the voters. If he's worried about allegations that he misused public funds, it doesn't show.

"I believe with all my heart they can see right through this for the political charade that it is and they can make the right decision," said Reardon.

"The voters of this county know who I am. I've represented them for two terms as the County Exec. Before that, I represented my hometown of Everett and Marysville in the State House and the State Senate. They know who I am. They know what I'm all about. They know how hard I work."

Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe called for the probe ten days ago.

"We're having the State Patrol investigate it," said Roe.

Roe said it was set off after an individual expressed concerns to Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Somers.

"When somebody comes forward with first hand allegations that if true would be criminal conduct you don't sit on it and drag your feet,” said Roe.

But, as of November 3, the exact nature of the allegations have not been revealed.

Misuse of public funds is alleged, possibly related to trips Reardon took that were paid for by taxpayers.

"I just think timing is awful peculiar and anyone who can't look at that for what it is should take a closer look,” said Reardon.

Reardon is in a hotly contested race for his third term as county executive against State Rep. Mike Hope.

Roe knows mudslinging and personal attacks this close to an election are common.

"Are you asking did the thought that this person who was coming forward may be politically motivated cross my mind? Yes. Of course it did,” said Roe.

Challenger Hope has raised concerns during his campaign about trips Reardon took abroad, but the allegations don't appear to have originated in his camp. Still, he's making the most of the situation.

"We have nine to eleven percent unemployment in Snohomish County consistently for two years and you have a County Executive who has been traveling all over the country, all over the world, to the tune of over thirty-thousand dollars in different trips, and when unemployment looks like this it sends the wrong message to the public,” said Hope.

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