- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A state senator says he’s running to replace indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley.

Republican Sen. Mark Miloscia of Federal Way said Thursday that Kelley, who has been on unpaid leave while fighting federal charges that he stole millions from clients of his former business, has “brought shame and embarrassment to our once well-respected State Auditor’s office.”

Kelley, a Democrat, has not said whether he’ll seek re-election. Lawmakers and other state officials have repeatedly called for his resignation, but his lawyer has said he won’t leave his post. Kelley’s trial has been set for next March.

Miloscia is the first candidate to announce a bid for the seat, which is on the 2016 ballot. Miloscia, who served as a Democrat in the state House before switching parties during his run for the Senate, said he believes the office should be nonpartisan.

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