Auditor - Democratic Primary

Chris Tobe

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://www.christobe.com/

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Question 1:

What is your vision for the role of the Kentucky Auditor? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

I want to Change the culture of Cover Up and Corruption in Frankfort to protect your tax dollars and expose wrong doing... rooting out corruption & holding those responsible accountable.  The Auditor shouldn't be another politician or a political wannabe.  

“A Pension is a Promise” That is what I screamed at the capitol steps When Governor Bevin & his supporters tried to illegally slash teachers' pensions & those of our police officers and other public employees, I opposed them.    You can see and hear me screaming on the PBS Frontline Special. “A Pension is a Promise” Taxpayers deserve a clean pension without corruption   Gov. Bevin wants to take pensions from teachers and public employees and enrich his hedge fund cronies who now steal over $200 million a year.  I will stop the Wall Street theft, 

I won't quit until every pension fund is transparent and the billions of dollars invested by Kentucky's taxpayers & public employees are being managed properly and professionally.

We need a professional auditor who will hold corrupt bureaucrats & career politicians accountable - without fear or favor. My vision is to restore integrity, transparency & accountability to every level of state government.

Drew Curtis

Political party: Democrat

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Question 1:

What is your vision for the role of the Kentucky Auditor? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

In reviewing the work of the current Auditor over the past four years, I'm struck by the lack of solutions provided in the audits.  For example, the 120 page audit of the KYWired project throws its hands up in the air and says nothing can be done.  This is not true - giving up because solutions are not easy is short-sighted.  The Auditor should not only find problems, but offer solutions.  Hard problems require creative solutions.  For example, in 2015 I ran for Governor and provided four solutions to the current pension crisis - all of which will still work if enacted.  Available in spreadsheet form upon request. 

As for KYWired, while the deal is a complicated mess, I believe I can fix it by taking a scalpel to the individual mistakes one by one and restructure it into a working agreement that brings broadband to the entire state.

No one has yet taken advantage of the KY Auditor's oversight of technology.  We should move Kentucky's technology infrastructure into a hybrid cloud deployment.  Cloud deployment requires broadband so it wouldn't be possible to move the entire state into the cloud, but we could move most of it.  Aside from saving millions of dollars, it would all us to never have to upgrade equipment for students, teachers, police, and state employees ever again

Kelsey Hayes Coots

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://www.kelseyforkentucky.com

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Question 1:

What is your vision for the role of the Kentucky Auditor? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

My vision for the role of the Kentucky Auditor is really two-fold. First, I want to return the Auditor’s office to being the proactive, effective watchdog for Kentuckians’ taxpayer dollars that it is meant to be. Former Auditor Crit Luallen is the standard bearer. While the office can provide additional oversight on public pensions - and should do that- the scope of the office is much larger. We need to ensure that tax dollars throughout state and local government are being used in an appropriate, effective and legal way.  The office can increase or diminish the trust Kentuckians have in government, at the local and state level.  Government can play a stronger role in our progress when there is more trust.   On important policy topics like public education and healthcare, we should consider using Special Examinations in those areas to root out corruption and inefficiency and ensure those critical dollars are having maximum impact.

Second, I want to democratize the Auditor’s office to make it more transparent, accessible and accountable to Kentucky’s taxpayers. Any Kentuckian should be able to access a user-friendly website,  find and understand the Auditor’s reports and should be able to get updates regarding the public offices that impact them, be it state or local. I also believe the SAFE-House program - a program where citizens can anonymously report waste, fraud and abuse- should be expanded.  We need to aggressively seek out and hold accountable bad actors, and find examples of good public servants and elevate their work

The Commonwealth will be better in four years if I am elected because not only will I make the office more transparent and accessible to all Kentuckians, I will help to restore trust and faith in government. Ill work to 

find and hold accountable bad actors.  I will not only save taxpayer dollars from being lost to waste, fraud and inefficiency, but in being an aggressive watchdog, I will help deter future abuse. Also, Kentuckians will be able to to better understand where their taxpayers dollars are going, while being assured they are being used as efficiently as possible.  They will be able to access and understand the auditor's reports.   All of this work will help restore trust in government, and better allow our government to play the role it can play in our collective progress.

Sheri Donahue

Political party: Democrat

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Question 1:

What is your vision for the role of the Kentucky Auditor? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

All you have to do is look around. Regardless of ideology or party affiliation, people are losing faith in government. The cornerstone of any democracy is the people having faith in it. Faith that their government cares about them, faith that government is effective at providing for their needs, and faith that their voices and votes are being heard and counted.

I have stood up to billion dollar defense contractors and Defense Department bureaucrats and won! Kentucky Bureaucrats and Matt Bevin do not scare me! As the auditor, my main goal will be to restore people’s faith in government. Together I know we can.