The Delaware State Auditor race has been one of the hottest tickets of the election season. There are many reasons for this in what is usually a quiet race. The biggest factor is long-time State Auditor Tom Wagner not running after a 29 year stint in office. Kathleen Davies served as Tom Wagner’s second-in-command for many years and announced her run to take over Tom Wagner’s seat. Davies faces her Democrat contenders Kathy McGuiness and Dennis Williams in the Primary next Thursday, September 6th. The winner of the Primary will face Republican James Spadola for the General Election.
Why am I Running for Delaware State Auditor?
I have entered this race because I am a state auditor. I have spent 25+ years dedicated to the profession of state government auditing and investigating, and I understand the responsibilities and the challenges associated with the position. This is my first run for political office, and I have no political ambitions beyond this office. Moreover, I am running for State Auditor with a commitment to providing public service over personal considerations, political influence, and special interests.
My career promotions from an entry-level auditor came through hard work, professional knowledge, and a record of delivering fact-based results. That is why I was brought to the Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts as second-in-command in 2010 and served in that position for six years. During my tenure, I had a proven track record of reducing staff turnover that was some of the highest in the nation prior to my arrival. I fought and obtained pay increases for professional staff. The work produced under my leadership supports a record of protecting Delaware taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars. In some cases, my work has resulted in criminal prosecution and prison sentences.
I have and will continue to stand up to fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, and fiscal mismanagement. I am committed to the profession of government auditing to produce public findings and recommendations that support good government and transparency. I hope to return to the Office of Auditor of Accounts and resume the work of state auditing fully realizing that this is not always easy or popular, particularly when in conflict with special interests.
Throughout my career, I obtained and maintained my Certified Public Accountant -PA, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Government Audit Professional, and Certified Government Financial Manager designations. I have served on national audit committees and workgroups, and trained audit staff around the country. This is of little consequence without the practical application and experience that will permit me to work as an elected State Auditor from day one.
While there will always be a need for fraud investigation, I advocate strongly for fraud prevention and actively participate in training that supports good fiscal operations for the various entities collecting and receiving state funds.
My goals are to ensure timely completion of audit mandates; to support the elimination of significant noncompliance, fraud, and waste based on clearly defined criteria; to perform follow-up of prior unresolved findings and recommendations; and to provide program evaluation and process recommendations that support transparency and good government. In the end, no amount of technology, contracting, or delegation can replace experience, leadership, and management specific to the field of state auditing and investigating.
I am very appreciative and thankful for the overwhelming support from well-respected individuals and organizations and proud to have supporters that are focused on maintaining a positive, issues-based campaign.
Please vote Kathleen Davies on Thursday, September 6th for a State Auditor with qualifications, commitment, and experience required to ensure that the work of Auditor of Accounts supports the interest of Delawareans.