At its May meeting, the 14th Representative District Delaware Democratic Party members voted to unanimously recommend endorsement of Kathy McGuiness as the Democratic candidate for Delaware's State Auditor of Accounts.
The Delaware Auditor of Accounts is an elected official who serves as the state's fiscal watchdog, and is charged with the responsibility for the state's annual financial and federal single audits. The position is critical in ensuring that the state maintains its superior bond rating, and that taxpayer monies are being spent wisely.
"The 14th RD Democratic Party Committee recommends endorsement of Kathy because we have seen firsthand how hard she has worked as a member of our committee, and how qualified she is to be auditor of accounts," said 14th RD Chair Richard Byrne. "Kathy believes in Democratic values, and throughout her career, she has been a fearless watchdog, fighting waste, fraud and abuse in the public, government and nonprofit sectors. We believe that her broad resume and her tireless work ethic make her the best candidate for state auditor of accounts," he said.
McGuiness is a certified fraud examiner, pharmacist, and an experienced small businesswoman who also has 17 years of public service as an elected Rehoboth commissioner. She is also dedicated to the local community, serving on the board of directors for CAMP Rehoboth and Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth, and as a trustee for Delaware State University.
"You can't find a candidate with a resume as broad or as deep as Kathy's," said Vice Chair Leslie Ledogar. "I believe that Kathy will be the independent watchdog this state needs, and that she has the managerial skills to bring the auditor's office into the 21st century with improved technology, best practices and adequate staffing. That's why it has been a pleasure for me to personally support Kathy and I am grateful to my fellow committee members for agreeing with me. We would be proud to have Kathy represent us as the first female state auditor of accounts in Delaware."
When reached for comment, the candidate said she could not be more excited or humbled. "I am grateful to my fellow 14th Representative District Democratic Committee members for this unequivocal endorsement of my candidacy for auditor of accounts," McGuiness said. "I am dedicated to serving them and all citizens of Delaware because the state's good credit and taxpayers' dollars are too important," she said.
Fourteenth Representative District Democratic Party Committee officials say they urge Democrats to make sure Sussex County is represented statewide by voting in the Sept. 6 primary for McGuiness to be the first female and Sussex state auditor of accounts. Go to http://votemcguiness.com/ for more information.
Editor’s Note: This is an updated press release from the 14th Representative District Democratic Party Committee.