King County Elections Director Sherril Huff will not seek re-election to a third term, citing personal reasons.
King County Elections Director Sherril Huff will not seek re-election after six years in the top post and five more in the elections office.
Huff, 69, told her staff Monday that although she had planned to run for a second, four-year term, she decided to step down at the end of the year because of personal and health reasons.
Huff oversaw the transition to all-mail voting in 2009, making King County the largest in the nation to hold elections entirely by mail. She said she is proud of her dedicated, professional staff and the advancements the office has made to improve the speed of ballot counting and processing, and to improve voter participation.
Huff was first appointed by then King County Executive Ron Sims in 2007. She won a special election in 2009 to fill the post and was elected to a four-year term in 2011.
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She expressed hope that she is replaced by an elections professional and that someone within her office would step forward to run for the position this fall.