Incumbent state auditor Susan Montee says she is running because she knows the job better than anyone.
“During these really tough economic times, I think it’s important to have someone who really understands the office,” she said. “I wouldn’t walk away from the office at this time."
PERSONAL: Lives in Jefferson City. Age 51. Single. Three children, Amanda, Andy and Austin.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Democratic
OCCUPATION: Incumbent Missouri state auditor
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s in accounting from Drury University, juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
BACKGROUND: Former member of St. Joseph City Council; former Buchanan County Auditor; member of Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Kansas City Association of Women Lawyers and American Association for Justice
School audits: Wants to conduct more audits on public education to discover any misuse or wasteful spending.
Administration: Wants to make organizational changes in the auditor's office, including shared staff and resources.
Montee says her track record shows she will perform the auditor's duties in a professional way. If re-elected, she says one of the most important tasks will be making sure the economy is working.
What makes her the best candidate?
“What I have to offer is I’m a 25-year CPA,” she said. "The background I have means that I have a deep understanding of the way we run the office. I’m also the first state auditor to be a CPA and a lawyer. I think that I’m uniquely qualified for this job.”
She feels strongly that the position of auditor is different from other elected positions. It is an elected post to ensure it remains independent from other offices, she said.
“I already know that I’ve demonstrated that I can be independent and fair,” Montee said. “I’m just going to be out there doing audits between now and the elections.”