CandidateVerification builds upon successful year

Election transparency service seeks to expand to top 10 WA counties in 2015

Campaign veterans Ron Dotzauer and Alex Hays join board

 Bellevue, WA. January 23, 2015 -, a non-partisan, non-profit corporation that builds greater transparency in elections by inviting candidates to participate in a free background check, is preparing to expand its service reach in 2015. After a strong year in King County in 2014, the organization seeks to offer a free online background check to all candidates for state and local office in the top 10 counties of Washington.  

According to Executive Director David Doud, helps create greater levels of trust in candidates for public office.  “In 2014, we had a 60 percent voluntary participation rate by King County candidates for public office – from both sides of the aisle,” said Doud. “We played a significant role in correcting and deterring candidates’ exaggerated claims about their background, qualifications or experience during the campaign. With the proper funding, we plan to build upon this success in 2015 – not only to pave the way for even greater candidate participation in the 2016 elections, but to demonstrate an innovative new model to the rest of the country.”

In addition, has added two notable political heavyweights to its board of directors: Ron Dotzauer, the co-founder and CEO of the public affairs firm Strategies 360, and Alex Hays, the executive director of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington.

“As someone with a career dedicated to working with thousands of candidates at all levels of government, I believe can do for politics what CARFAX has done for the automotive industry,” said Dotzauer.

“At a minimum, candidates for public office should go through the same background verification as coaches at our local boys and girls clubs," Hays said.

The Washington State Farm Bureau has also recently joined the board of directors, and will be encouraging their county chapters to add to their 2015 endorsement process. is a non-profit corporation that provides free background checks and resume verification services to candidates running for public office in the United States. Our database is populated with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliant self-authorized background checks that are published with permission of the candidate. The background checks are conducted by leading employment screening companies in the United States. The background check covers 10-year criminal/civil records, as well as verifies education, employment, professional credentials, and military records.



David Doud

Executive Director


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