State Auditor Tom Wagner has been in office for 25 years. Hoping to dethrone him are two Democratic candidates, who must first face off in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 9. Here is some information on each candidate.
Tom Wagner, incumbent
POLITICAL PARTY Republican
YEARS IN OFFICE 25
OCCUPATION state auditor
EDUCATION Caesar Rodney High School; University of Richmond, B.S. in Finance; Wilmington University, Master of Business Administration; Certified Fraud Examiner; Certified Government Finance Manager; Certified Internal Controls Auditor
FAMILY wife, Amber; daughter, Maddie, 11.
MAJOR ISSUES Delaware is totally controlled by one party with the exception of me – I am the independent voice making sure audits are professional, credible, and prepared without political influence. In a study conducted by the Center for Public Integrity, Delaware’s overall grade was a C-, but we got one A—your state auditor’s office. Since I first took office, the state’s budget has more than tripled, while my budget for the auditor’s office has been cut. Through hard work, technology, and innovation my team consistently raises to the challenge of doing more with less.
POLITICAL PARTY Democrat
PREVIOUS POLITICAL EXPERIENCE none listed
OCCUPATION small business owner and attorney, Mayrack Law LLC
EDUCATION Marcus High School in Texas, 1996; University of Delaware, 2000, bachelor of arts, double major in international relations and women’s studies; University of Wisconsin in Madison, 2008, law degree and master’s degree in public affairs
MAJOR ISSUES The number of employees in the office has dwindled from 57 to 14 and the office can’t do the job it needs to do without people; getting the office staff back on track is my first priority. My second priority, once I get the staff situation resolved, is making sure the office is being used the right way and not for political attacks. My third priority is implement changes to fix the problems noted in reports.
POLITICAL PARTY Democrat
PREVIOUS POLITICAL EXPERIENCE ran in state auditor primary four years ago and got 46 percent of the vote
OCCUPATION certified public accountant
EDUCATION Salesianum High School, 1985; University of Notre Dame, 1989, bachelor’s degree in business
FAMILY wife, Joana.
MAJOR ISSUES Before anything, I promise that the auditor’s office will never, ever spend a single cent of taxpayer dollars on out-of-state travel. First off, four years ago I said that state whistle-blowers aren’t really protected and that statement still holds true today. The abuse of a state whistle-blower is essentially the abuse of taxpayer dollars, and that is something in which the auditor needs to be involved. Secondly, I believe the auditor’s office needs to be more proactive in solving problems.