State Auditor Otto announces run for re-electionby Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — State Auditor Rebecca Otto says she's running for re-election. Otto, a DFLer, announced her plans Monday at the State Capitol, surrounded by supporters and family members.
Otto was elected to the position in 2006 after serving in the House in 2003 and 2004. The auditor is responsible for overseeing the $20 billion spent annually by local governments.
Otto said her top priority is improving transparency in local government, especially given the bad economy.
"I'm going to keep local officials on their toes and educate them on safeguarding public funds, especially when they have less staff, because one government dollar taken is one dollar too many," said Otto.
Several Republicans are vying to face Otto in the November election. They are former St. Paul school board member Tom Conlon, Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert and auditor's office employee Jeffrey Wiita.