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ELECTION: Watkins is clear choice for state auditor

Letter by Beryl Ann Griner, Carnation on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:52 am with No Comments »
October 10, 2012 11:52 am

Re: “Allegations at center of auditor’s race” (TNT, 10-8).

According to the article, “Allegations surfacing from a candidate’s past have brought a higher profile to the usually sleepy race for state auditor.” We find out that “Troy Kelley’s time at First American ended acrimoniously with both sides accusing each other of wrongdoing amid a wrongful termination lawsuit Kelley filed.” Then the reader is informed that “people liked Troy and worked very hard for him.”

Unfortunately, this article doesn’t tell the whole story. Kelley denies the allegations against him, yet he paid an undisclosed amount to settle this suit for misappropriation of customer funds. Kelley has a history of ending up in court cases. Is this the kind of individual we want as state auditor?

Brian Sonntag has received high marks as state auditor. He has praised James Watkins and sees him as “very well qualified based on his experience and background.”

The choice is clear if we want someone who will fight fraud, waste and abuse and make government more efficient, effective and accountable. Watkins is that choice.

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