McKeown defends her record through advertising

Clallam County, WA - 11/3/02 - Cathleen McKeown, incumbent for Clallam County Auditor, has recently come under fire in the local newspapers, accused of not having a state CPA license.

McKeown has chosen to pay for advertisments in some of the same publications, who have carried the story on several occasions. Following is her statement:

Statement from Cathleen McKeown

* In 1986, I graduated from Western Washington University College of Business and Economics. I carried a Batchelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration.

* In 1987, I took and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam.

* In 1987, my son was killed in an automobile accident.

* In 1988, I moved back to Port Angeles and opened my accounting and tax practice fulfilling my goal of becoming a professional tax preparer.

* For the next few years, my life was a blur from the trauma of my sonís death. I immersed myself in my business.

* I believed that I had paid my license fee upon passing the exam. Iíve maintained my skills and fulfilled my continuing education requirements.

* I am presently working with the State Board of Accountancy and anticipate that this problem will be resolved shortly.

I apologize to the public and my clients. I have always done my best for you.

As your auditor, Iíve worked hard to make this office an asset to the financial well-being of the county. I am embarrassed and humiliated by this situation but thankful to all of you who have overwhelmed me with your friendship and support.

My record proves that I am qualified to be your Auditor. I appreciate your vote.

This ad appeared in the Peninsula Daily News November, 1, 2002 and was paid for by Cathleen McKeown personally.

213 E. 8th. Suite B

Port Angeles, WA 98362


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