Sheri Donahue

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?

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.

Question 2: 

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

I worked for the Navy as an engineer for 20 years auditing and managing multi-million dollar weapons systems and intelligence contracts. 

My job was to ensure that taxpayers got their money’s worth and that our men and women in uniform had safe and effective equipment to defend our nation. I went on to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in cybersecurity and infrastructure protection. I developed the critical process that the FBI uses to coordinate domestic security information.

Question 3: 

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

I have never held political office, but while working for the U.S. Navy, my job was to ensure that taxpayers got their money’s worth and that our men and women in uniform had safe and effective equipment to defend our nation. I was fearless in defense of our fighting men and women.  I regularly had to stand up to billion dollar defense contractors and other entrenched forces in the military industrial complex. 

As Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, I will seek out waste, fraud, and abuse wherever it is and whoever is responsible for it.

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?

I see the Auditors office a way to restore people’s faith in government.  I am uniquely qualified to be Auditor and to help start rebuilding that lost faith in our country and our state.  When you are voting, registering a car or paying taxes, you should be confident that your information is safe and secure, and be confident that your tax dollars are being used effectively and not being wasted or misappropriated.

We will expand and modernize the state Information Security Audit; we will audit electronic voting machines to ensure that no one is tampering with our elections, and hire an experienced white collar crime law enforcement professional to assist in special audits to ensure that we find all waste, fraud, and abuse wherever it occurs.