The King County Municipal League, known for its nonpartisan ratings of local candidates, is going to start background checking them, too. The nonprofit group is teaming with a new nonprofit called CandidateVerification.
CandidateVerification will use the same technology used by corporations hiring new employees to verify candidates’ resumes and learn about any criminal background. They’ll check 10 years worth of federal, county and city criminal and civil records on each candidate, plus the national sex-offender registry.
CandidateVerification was started by David Doud, an Eastside Realtor, who lost his 2009 Port of Seattle Commission race against Rob Holland. Doud might have won, of course, if he had known and revealed more about Holland’s background and business associations. Holland resigned in February.
The Municipal League has invited 50 candidates to participate in the first year of its three-year pilot agreement with CandidateVerification. In a news release, the league said: “it is both organizations’ hope that in the next three years, all candidates running for office in King County will submit to this free check, like any new employee might submit to a pre-employment background screening.”
Candidates will get a chance to look at the results and challenge them before they become public.