The News-Gazette endorses Democrat George Danos, a certified public accountant who is more than up to the job. He faces Republican Diane Michaels, a former banker and county board member who was appointed to fill the vacancy created when former auditor John Farney was appointed to fill a vacant treasurer’s post.
In 2016, I came within 36 votes of toppling Farney, who, as the News-Gazette mentions in its endorsement of me, saw fit to depart his post after such a narrow victory. Our county deserves commitment and competence from its elected officials, the more so when the county budget faces widening shortfalls:
The auditor serves not only as an overseer of county finances but also as a check on spending practices throughout the county. It’s especially important given the county’s shaky financial situation.
As a triple alumnus of the University of Illinois and as an accountant who made critical discoveries in behalf of maintaining the solvency of his employer and thus a plurality of health providers here in East Central Illinois, it is my aim to vouchsafe the financial position of the County as a whole and to be a vigorous advocate of the taxpayer.
Please let me know how you would like to see county governance improved by writing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would appreciate your vote on (or before!) November 6.