Candidate for elections chief eyes smaller staff

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A Republican candidate to be Washington's next secretary of state says the office will have to consider shrinking its staff.

Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman said Thursday that a reorganization may be necessary as federal funding runs out. She also wants to increase the security of elections by comparing Washington's voter registration database with other states.

Wyman began her campaign Thursday, and she already faces competition from Democratic state Sen. Jim Kastama. Kastama says the campaign will be about fairness in elections and argues that he bring a balanced perspective needed for the job.

Current Secretary of State Sam Reed is retiring at the end of his third term. He's also a Republican.