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Former Board of Accounts Examiner Running for State Auditor

Carmel's Claytor seeks Dem nod against appointed GOP incumbent

9/12/2013


Mike Claytor (file photo)

A former deputy state examiner with the State Board of Accounts is seeking the Democratic nomination for state auditor.

Retired CPA Mike Claytor says he wants to make the auditor's office an independent watchdog over state government. He points to the accounting blunders in the Department of Revenue revealed in the final year of Governor Mitch Daniels' administration, in which computer errors caused the state to overlook $525 million it didn't realize it had. Claytor says an auditor with true auditing responsibility would have caught that mistake.

And Claytor says he'd expand the website where the state makes its financial information public. He praises former Republican auditor Tim Berry for establishing the site, but says it doesn't go far enough -- he says citizens can inspect state contracts but have to labor to figure out how much has been spent on them.

Claytor says he'd be the first CPA ever nominated for the job by either party.

Former Democratic Governor Joe Kernan and former First Lady Judy O'Bannon are honorary co-chairs of Claytor's campaign. He's expected to face Republican incumbent Dwayne Sawyer, whom Governor Pence appointed to the post last month after Berry resigned to become state GOP chairman.

The parties won't choose their nominees until their state conventions next June, but Berry and Democratic Chairman John Zody say at this point, they're not aware of any other candidates planning to enter the race.

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