The News Tribune editorial board has, once again, gotten it wrong in its endorsement of James Watkins for state auditor (editorial, 10-12).
His opponent, Troy Kelley, has represented me for six years in the House of Representatives and has done an excellent job. Kelley stands for open government and fiscal responsibility, where this paper has reported that Watkins will not disclose even one of his “150-plus performance audits.” The City of Fircrest, and municipalities across the state, have benefited from Kelley’s work preserving the Public Works’ Trust Fund.
I first heard about Kelley from Rep. Larry Seaquist, who gave him the highest praise. Experience has taught me that Seaquist was right on. I do not know why The News Tribune has chosen to put Kelley in its crosshairs, but he has been an exemplary public servant in both the Legislature and the military, and I am proud to support him.
(Viafore is the mayor of Fircrest.)