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Recount confirms Grone moving on to general election

By JANIS REID Whidbey News-Times Staff reporter
August 30, 2014 · Updated 8:59 AM

Former chief deputy treasurer Wanda Grone will face her former boss during November’s general election after a close primary.

After the results of a state-mandated recount were released Tuesday, Grone inched out Escrow Manager Christa Canell by a mere 11 votes.

In the final count, incumbent Ana Maria Nuñez took 45.24 percent with 7,847 votes, Grone had 27.41 percent or 4,754 votes, and Canell took 27.35 percent with 4,743 votes.

Grone said she watched the recount process herself and was encouraged by the voter participation in that race.

Grone filed to run for the seat in May and was immediately fired by Nuñez.

Any tension that may arise between Nuñez and herself in the upcoming campaign because of their history will come from Nuñez side, Grone said.

“I’m looking forward to speaking with Island County residents about what they like about the treasurer’s office and what they would like to see changed,” Grone said.

Nuñez, a Democrat, has worked in government accounting for more than 16 years as a Department of Defense employee. She was appointed as the treasurer’s chief deputy prior to winning the top role in 2010. She is a licensed certified public accountant and has a master’s degree in accounting and financial management.

Grone is a 29-year Washington resident, living the last four years in Island County. Grone is also a certified fraud examiner. She served as Island County chief deputy treasurer from 2011-14, following 30 years of private industry experience in senior-level accounting and financial analysis positions.

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