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Ohio State Government November 5, 2002 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Auditor of State; State of Ohio

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.

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1. What are your top three priorities in the next four years?

Answer from Betty Montgomery:

Professionalism, management, and accountability are priorities that I have focused on during my two terms as Attorney General. They are also components that I feel are essential to being successful in the role of Auditor of the State. Ohioans want a government that understands the needs of the people, that operates efficiently and in accordance with the law, personal integrity, and public service.

As Auditor, I will continue to build on my record of service and work to ensure that the Auditors office is a strong defender of Ohio taxpayers.

Answer from Helen Knipe Smith:

Assure that competitive bidding process is followed in Auditor's office

Initiate inter-governmental cooperation to better monitor:
Statewide school construction program
Medicare and nursing homes
State agencies allowing no-bid contracts

Put an Auditor's task force of professionals in pension funds and investments to advise on pension board decisions.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits for answers are 100 words for each question. Words over the limit will be cut off in published information. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

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