County Auditor Craig B. Sorensen, a three-term Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Harold Black.

Accomplishments Sorensen is promoting in his campaign include creation of a five-year budgeting system used by the county, which he said has been nationally recognized; and maintaining the county's AAA bond rating, which he said brings the county significant savings when it issues bonds.If re-elected, Sorensen said, he would be dedicated to his position as a watchdog of public funds.

Sorensen said he has worked with the accounting firms Price, Waterhouse in Los Angeles and KMG Main Hurdman in Salt Lake City. His campaign is being endorsed by the Utah Public Employees Association.

Black said he believes he could set better priorities for audits of urgent need and could do more to defend the position of county audits after they are presented to the County Commission. Problems at the Salt Palace, he said, would have been uncovered earlier with more aggressive audits there.

Sorensen countered by saying that it was the auditor's office that uncovered irregularities at the Salt Palace and reported them to the county attorney.

Black works for the state Department of Natural Resources and has been an auditor there for the past seven years. He was a budget officer for the department for three years before that. He also ran for the West Jordan City Council in 1989 and is Democratic chairman of legislative District 46 this year.