Winning elections is nothing new to Mary Mosiman. She emerged victorious in three of them running as a Republican in a Democrat-leaning county. Mosiman served as Story County’s auditor for 10 years. Now, the state auditor is preparing for her first time on the statewide ticket.
“I am very excited about this race,” Mosiman told TheIowaRepublican.com. “Number one, I’ve been serving in this capacity since May of last year and I truly value the role this office plays and the impact it has on the people of Iowa and therefore am very enthused at being elected auditor of the state.”
Mosiman was appointed by Governor Branstad to complete the term of Auditor David Vaudt, who resigned in the spring of 2013 to become the chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Mosiman was the top pick because she met the high professional standard set by Vaudt of being a certified public accountant.
Branstad also believed Mosiman would be a strong candidate in November 2014. She made it official on Monday by delivering the required ballot petition signatures to the Iowa secretary of state’s office.
“It’s that important to me to have consistency in this office and somebody that is dedicated to performing the statutory work and be an independent voice for the people of Iowa,” Mosiman said. “I’ve been travelling to different areas of the state. I’ve been trying to mix, not only doing the job, but keeping the job during a lot of my spare time. Now that signing period is upon us, I am very enthused about running a full blown statewide race.”
Democrat Jonathan Neiderbach announced in November that he would seek his party’s nomination for state auditor. Neiderbach, who is not a CPA, quickly accused Mosiman and Vaudt of being “spokespersons for Governor Branstad’s policies and rubber stamps for the political cronies he has appointed”.
Auditor Mosiman showed that is not the case when her analysis of Branstad’s 2014 budget showed a $144 million spending gap. Mosiman also instructed the secretary of state’s office, led by fellow Republican Matt Schultz, to be prepared to repay Help America Vote Act funds if the U.S. Election Commission deems that necessary. Mosiman was the deputy secretary of state prior to becoming state auditor.
By showing she is an independent voice for the taxpayers and steward of their money, Mary Mosiman has gained the trust of Iowans. Her high professional standards and experience should provide a great springboard at the 2014 campaign begins in earnest.
“I’m hoping to become the choice of the voters because of my qualifications,” Mosiman said. “I am a certified public accountant, which is very necessary in order to lead an office of this magnitude. Most of our employees are certified public accountants and in order to do the statutory audit work, it does require a CPA to effectively lead this office.”
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