Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Inside the minutiae of three races to be decided June 26

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  • y19guy salt lake city, UT
    June 22, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    I'm voting for John Dougall for auditor. Why? Rep. Dougall took on the powerful safety inspection lobby and was able to reduce these unnecessary and ineffective inspections. In the early 2000's Wayne Welsh, then state auditor, issued a very biased report in favor of vehicle safety inspections at the behest of the safety inspection industry. Rep. Dougall was able to uncover the facts about this program, and show that these inspections have nothing to do with safety, but are just a money making scheme. If the auditors office can generate biased reports at the behest of profit making special interest groups such as the safety inspection lobby, then we need a new auditor that will stop the nonsense and look out for taxpayers interests instead. John Dougall has shown he's the man for the job. As far as all that about being unqualified, he's more than qualified. With a masters in electrical engineering, and an MBA, he has more training in math, computers, and business than the current auditor. There is no requirement that this department be run by a CPA, and its not necessary, what it needs is an honest leader, and Dougalls the man!

  • Brent H Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Auston Johnson has my vote. He has done a great job and is a good man. As the article says, his office has been well managed with no scandals or accusations of incompetence. No reason to change what is working, and not only that, we have one of the best managed states in the country.

    Dougall has an MBA but that doesn't give him the knowledge or the know how to do audits. There is a reason it takes 2000 hours of training to become a CPA it is that hard and there is a lot to know.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    I endorse John Dougall to be the new Utah State Auditor, as I can't think of anyone better I would trust with $13 Billion dollars, that would make sure the audits are complete and understandable to everyone.

    John Dougall is Mr. No, who voted No more times than anyone. No to bigger government to control our lives.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 3, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    Either McAleer or Combe, both highly intelligent, energetic people, would be an enormous improvement over the hidebound politics of Bishop, who has no ideas of his own and simply votes the ideology.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    June 3, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    The auditor race is very black and white, you have an independent CPA running against a good old boy from the legislature. Dougal was the chief sponsor of the much hated HB477, hat and the fact he is not a CPA makes the choice easy for me.