Write-in candidate hopes history repeats itself in November

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 18 at 5:56 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sharon Hanek said she's not sure how she pulled it off.

"That's divine intervention," said Hanek.

Hanek became the first write-in candidate in state history to qualify for a statewide ballot following August's primary.

The Bonney Lake mother of three will face-off against Washington State Treasurer Jim McIntire in November.

McIntire ran unopposed in the August primary, but Hanek qualified for the ballot after receiving more than three percent of the vote as a write-in candidate.

"I guess I have a lot of friends," said Hanek.

Hanek, a part-time accountant, is not satisfied just making the ballot. She said she likes her chances to knock McIntire out of office.

"If you want to have an accountant in Olympia, then you should have an accountant as treasurer," said Hanek.

Treasurer Jim McIntire, who has a Ph.D. in economics, said he's not worried about losing the election.

"Ninety-six percent is not bad," said McIntire.

McIntire said his record has earned him a second term.

Despite budget cuts and deficits in Olympia, McIntire is proud his office helped maintain the state's bond rating at "AA+."

While he told KING 5 News he's not worried, McIntire did restart the campaign he suspended in May when he thought he was running unopposed.

"I hired a part-time manager and I've been fundraising a little bit so I can afford a modest campaign," said McIntire.

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