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Mary Mosiman, candidate for Iowa state auditor

Name: Mary Mosiman (incumbent)

Party: Republican

Residence: Ames

Age: 56

Occupation: Iowa State auditor

Education: Bachelor’s in accounting from Iowa State University

Website: marymosiman.com

What are the most important issues you think need to be addressed if you are elected?

Audits, investigations and financial clarity. Audits verify that public resources are used for public service and not for personal benefit. I will continue to vigorously implement Government Auditing Standards required to be used by a CPA for audits of government entities. However, when government officials are misusing taxpayer dollars and committing fraud, I will continue to aggressively combat fraud by investigating each instance. I do this with a team of specially trained financial fraud experts working with law enforcement such as sheriff, police and DCI. I also will use our new YouTube video series to showcase financial clarity for topics such as Medicaid and education spending.

Tell voters why you are running for this position. What makes you most qualified?

The statutory purpose of the State Auditor’s office is to audit. I am the only CPA running for State Auditor. Audits must be conducted by a licensed CPA working within a CPA firm. If the elected State Auditor is not a CPA, the office loses status as a CPA firm. This could have a costly impact to Iowans if all the audits the office currently conducts were to be outsourced. Audits impact everyone. I have the experience, leadership skills, and necessary qualifications to lead this office.

What should voters know about you before going to the polls?

I am a lifelong Iowan from Hubbard and am very proud of my farm family background. My husband Dan and I have been married 36 years. Dan is a small-business owner. We have four grown daughters. I spent 10 years serving as the Story County Auditor giving me experience leading a local office as well as five-plus years leading the State Auditor office which is one of the largest CPA firms in Iowa. Music and running are favorite hobbies of mine. My office motto is: “In God We Trust. Everyone Else — We Audit!

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What other issues related to your platform do you think voters should be aware of before they vote?

The auditing profession is continually changing. Resources are limited, the workforce is competitive, technology is evolving, and government auditing standard changes are always a work in process. Keeping the office operating as a CPA firm allows us to fully perform all the duties of the office and successfully navigate industry challenges. Iowans have had a professional State Auditor’s office dating back to 1979. Let’s keep the office progressing and working for the people of Iowa.

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