Drew Curtis - Withdrawn from race, still on ballot | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Drew Curtis - Withdrawn from race, still on ballot

Political party: 
Democrat
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

Question 2: 

Please highlight previous experience that qualifies you for serving in this office.

I have two MBAs, one from Columbia and one from Haas/Cal Berkeley.  While earning my degree I discovered I have a particular knack for forensic accounting - to the point where I've been able to detect fraud in public SEC filings before anyone else does and make stock trades based on this information.Part of the problem with the office of Auditor is that it is partisan - it should be independent.  In particular, the current Auditor has ignored issues involving our Governor, including private prison deals, the multi-million dollar sweetheart Braidy Industries deal, and most recently Bevin's out of the blue request to borrow $150 million for state parks.  

The Auditor must be willing to investigate members of their own party.  In particular, regarding the recent media investigation into the Secretary of State's usage of voter data, I would like to pull the access logs from March 2015 because if access to this information was being used to retaliate against individuals, we'll find the smoking gun in that data set.

I've been in technology all my life.  My first company was an Internet Service Provider based in Frankfort, I have personally built broadband networks.  My current company is a digital media legacy brand, Fark.com, which was one of the first websites to be added to the Library of Congress Digital Archives.  Fark has been a category on Jeopardy twice

Question 3: 

What steps have you taken or would you take to fight political corruption in Kentucky?

Part of the problem with the office of Auditor is that it is partisan - it should be independent.  In particular, the current Auditor has ignored issues involving our Governor, including private prison deals, the multi-million dollar sweetheart Braidy Industries deal, and most recently Bevin's out of the blue request to borrow $150 million for state parks.  

The Auditor must be willing to investigate members of their own party.  In particular, regarding the recent media investigation into the Secretary of State's usage of voter data, I would like to pull the access logs from March 2015 because if access to this information was being used to retaliate against individuals, we'll find the smoking gun in that data set.

Question 4: 

What steps have you taken or would you take to ensure open, fair and transparent operations of state and local government, schools, and other public institutions?

There are several software platforms that allow states and municipalities to build their budgets in real time in full view of everyone.  I would like to require all state entities to use similar platforms to ensure total transparency.  Additionally, there are platforms that post credit card purchases online in real time, we should require the use of these as well.  The public deserves to know what public money is being spent on - in full view and in real time

Additionally, too many state offices delay or deny freedom of information requests made by members of the local media.  I would use the office of Auditor to obtain the requested data for them.  The fourth estate provides vital legwork in discovering corruption