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May 13th, 2013

Branstad Names Mary Mosiman New State Auditor

DES MOINES – Former Story County Auditor Mary Mosiman is being named the state of Iowa’s new “taxpayer watchdog” at a news conference this morning at the State Capitol. Governor Branstad selected Mosiman to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of longtime Iowa Auditor David Vaudt, who is the new chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Mosiman becomes the first female state auditor in Iowa history.

Mary Mosiman served as Story County’s auditor and deputy of elections from 2001-2011. She has spent the past couple of years working in the secretary of state’s office, serving as the deputy of elections.

“I am very pleased with Governor Branstad’s selection of Mary Mosiman as our next auditor of the State of Iowa,” said Story County GOP Chair Dane Nealson. “Iowans will quickly learn why Mary was so popular with voters in Story County during her time as county auditor. Auditor Vaudt leaves big shoes to fill, but I am confident that Mary will run the auditor’s office with the same level of class, competence, and professionalism as her predecessor.”

David Vaudt set a new standard for state auditors as a Certified Public Accountant. Vaudt used that designation as a valuable campaign tool. He was the only Iowa Republican to win statewide office in 2006. Mary Mosiman also earned CPA certification. Governor Branstad indicated he wanted someone with qualifications similar to Vaudt’s.

Mosiman will complete Vaudt’s term, which expires in 2014. It is likely she will then run for election for a four-year term. Mosiman’s credentials and background will provide Republicans with a formidable statewide candidate.

A lifelong Iowan, Mary Mosiman was born and raised on a farm in Hubbard. She moved to Ames in 1980 and is a graduate of Iowa State University. Prior to becoming Story County auditor, Mary owned and operated a daycare business for more than five years. She also served as an accounting assistant for five years at ALMACO, a company that manufactures agricultural research equipment. is attending this morning’s news conference and will have full coverage of this story upcoming.

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Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor’s office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad’s 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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