Several names were tossed around among Republican insiders as to who would be an ideal choice to replace longtime Iowa Auditor David Vaudt. Since Governor Branstad got to make the appointment, we knew it would be important to not only name someone with similar qualifications as Vaudt’s, but also someone who would be a strong candidate on the 2014 ticket.
While names like Dave Jamison and Bernardo Granwehr were bandied about, one name that did not receive a lot of public mention was Mary Mosiman. However, in the end, the best man for the job was, indeed, a woman. Mosiman becomes the first female state auditor in Iowa history.
“I had two major requirements for Iowa’s state auditor: that the individual was a CPA, and that the individual would adhere to the sound budgeting principles followed by David Vaudt,” said Branstad. “In Mary, we found that and more. She is a talented, passionate public servant who will keep a very close watch over Iowa’s tax dollars.”
Mosiman served as Story County auditor for 10 years. Most recently, she was the deputy secretary of state. Mary Mosiman is highly regarded by those who know her.
“Auditor Vaudt certainly leaves big shoes to fill, but I know that Mary Mosiman is the right person to meet and exceed the high standards he has established during his decade of service to the citizens of the State of Iowa,” Secretary of State Matt Schultz said. “I am proud to have worked with Mary, and wish her the best as she moves on to become Iowa’s next state auditor.”
There were also political considerations for this appointment. Mary Mosiman, 51, is a more than capable candidate for political office. That was another consideration for Branstad. He wanted someone prepared to run a statewide campaign for election in 2014. Mary Mosiman seems more than up to the task.
“I think it’s very important to have consistency in this office. I have been elected three times. I am looking forward to a statewide campaign,” Mosiman replied.
Not only has shown been elected three times, Mosiman achieved that feat as a Republican in left-leaning Story County. Assuming Branstad runs for reelection, which appears likely, he and other Republican candidates will need help winning Story County. Mosiman was an active supporter of Republicans during the 2010 campaign and having her name on the ballot will provide a boost to every other candidate on the ballot.
David Vaudt was elected state auditor three times. So, not only was he highly regarded for the work he did as Iowa’s taxpayer watchdog, Vaudt was formidable candidate in statewide elections.
“He is going to be a tough act to follow. I know this, but I like a challenge,” Mosiman said. “I’m going to look forward to continuing with the best practice and procedures that he has established. Consistency in these matters is paramount.”
Mosiman wasted no time getting to work. She had already sign her Oath of Office before Monday’s 9 am news conference, where she was officially announced as the new auditor. Mosiman attended the state’s executive council meeting at 10 am and hit the ground running in her first day on the job.
“Mary is one of the hardest working public officials that I’ve had the pleasure to work with and to know, and I look forward to working with her in the future,” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. “She will be a partner in insuring Iowa’s budget remains stable and predictable.”
One priority many political observers felt was key for a smooth transition was that the new auditor would retain Vaudt’s longtime Chief of Staff Bernardo Granwehr. It sounds like Mosiman agrees with the assessment.
“The current team of professionals that works in the state auditor’s office, they are the heart and the soul behind all these duties and they do a great job,” Mosiman said. “I’m looking forward to working with this exceptional group of individuals. In fact, I can’t wait to get started.”
Although she was appointed by Governor Branstad, it is vital for the Auditor Mosiman to put political considerations aside while overseeing the state’s vast public finances.
“One of my top priorities is to be an independent voice for the people of Iowa and that means working with the governor’s office and the General Assembly.” Mosiman said. “I assume there will be differences of opinion and they will just have to be addressed because it doesn’t go along the lines of politics when it comes to the financial matters of the state.”
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