- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State election watchdogs have charged former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon and a former aide with repeated violations of state laws during Reardon’s 2011 re-election campaign.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1QRjVM9 ) that the state Public Disclosure Commission said Thursday it filed civil charges against Reardon and Kevin Hulten, accusing them of using county resources to perform election work.

PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson says the commission could decide that every time Reardon used the office, or a county cell phone, it amounted to a new violation. The charges against Reardon also allege he hired Hulten to work on the campaign.

In an email to the PDC, Hulten denied any violations and said campaign work was done on his own time. Hulten and Reardon did not immediately respond to the Herald’s requests for comment.

Reardon, a once-promising figure in the state Democratic Party, resigned in 2013 after a string of scandals that included an affair with a county worker.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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