Meet Cindy

In 1987 I moved to Oso, WA where I graduated from Arlington High School. I must tell you, as a teenager moving to a rural town, I was shocked by the difference between city and country living. I struggled learning to drive a tractor, loved berry picking in the high alpine, and learned what community living and supporting your neighbor really meant. Nine years ago, the Oso mudslide took friends and community members that were part of my foundation. Looking back, I appreciate all the times we fostered love and community because it became our strength during one of the community’s hardest times.

I went to college at Western Washington University. There I got my bachelor’s in human services and my Master’s in Adult Education. I started my career in law enforcement working in dispatch and records for Western Washington University Police and enjoyed 11 years in law enforcement working with amazing men and women who risked their lives every day to ensure the safety of our communities.

I left law enforcement to work at Snohomish County Elections in early 2005. I was hired to implement the newly developed statewide voter registration database and worked closely with vendors and the Secretary of State’s office to ensure smooth implementation. I enjoyed the twelve years I worked at the county elections department and personally assisted thousands of voters by answering questions, issuing replacement ballots, explaining candidate filing, providing election assistance, and ensuring that voters had the information and materials necessary to participate in the election process.

During the twelve years I worked in Snohomish County Elections, I also focused on community involvement. I discovered that I enjoy being a Guardian Ad Litem for Superior Court advocating for children and their needs. I enjoy volunteering as a Certified Mediator for Volunteers of America. I also enrolled in Seattle University Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2015.

In 2017 I took a position with Secretary of State Kim Wyman. I reviewed county compliance of state and federal election law and ensured the integrity of the voting systems used statewide through logic and accuracy testing. I built partnerships statewide with all county auditors, and I have been so blessed with friendships and experiences gained through these interactions.
With two careers spanning 29 years of licensing, recording, elections, and enforcement services it is no surprise that I decided to run for Snohomish County Auditor. My experience, education, and integrity have demonstrated that I have the knowledge and ability to be a great leader.

Interests & Accomplishments

Western Washington University Police Department       1992-2000

  • Dispatcher
  • Staff Employees Council Committee Coordinator

Department of Social & Health Services Community Resource Aid       1996

  • Assisted clients with document completion and locating resources

Northwest Harvest Community Affairs Assistant       1996-1997

The Opportunity Council Development Intern       1997-1998

Western Washington University BA in Human Services       1998

Western Washington University MA in Adult Education       2000

University of Washington Police Department       2000-2004

  • Communications Manager (CAD/RMS Manager)
  • Oversight of E911 Fund
  • Managed Dispatch and Records Centers
  • Law Enforcement Information & Records Association member

Snohomish County Elections       2005-2017

  • Acting Supervisor, Lead, Customer Service II

Superior Court Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem       2009-2017

Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish and Skagit County       2010-Present

  • Certified Mediator

Antioch University Professional Mediation Certification       2011

Seattle University Law School Juris Doctor       2015

  • Women’s Law Caucus 2012-2015
  • Pro Bono Pledge 2012-2015

International exchange student host       2015, 2015, 2022 & 2023

Secretary of State Elections, Certification and Training Specialist       2017-Present


SEIU Local 1948     1992-2000

Hosteling International-American Youth Hostels       1994-2000

National Development Officers Association       1997-2001

Education Advocate/Liaison       1997-2004

SEIU Local 925     2000-2004

Moms Club International       2004-2007

AFSCME, AFL-CIO Council 2, 1811     2005-2017

Sons of Norway       2008-Present

YMCA       2008-Present

Girl Scouts, Troop Leader       2012-Present

Washington Women Lawyers       2014-Present

4H, Lads and Lassies       2016-Present

AFSCME, Council 28 WFSE     2017-Present

Swedish Club     2017-Present

American Association of University Women (AAUW)       2018-Present

National Women’s Political Caucus       2018-Present

Marysville School District Parent Advisory Committee Member       2019-Present

PTSA Secretary, Pilchuck & Getchell High Schools       2020-2021

PTSA Vice President, Getchell High School       2021-2022

Best Schools Marysville     2022-Present

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Everett, WA 98213

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