Triangle residents will be particularly interested in reporting by Carolina Journal’s Dan Way about the race for state auditor, pitting Democratic incumbent Beth Wood against Republican challenger Debra Goldman, who sits on the Wake County school board. Here’s a taste but I encourage you to read the entire story and visit both candidates’ websites to ensure you’re an informed vote in November.
It may be a down-ticket race, but the battle for state auditor is showing some pop.
Democrat incumbent Beth Wood said she deserves re-election on the strength of her vigorous campaign against wasteful spending and sloppy, expensive state contracts. Her Republican opponent, Debra Goldman, attacked Wood as a poor manager with a spotty record of investigating corruption who has carried water for Gov. Bev Perdue.
The auditor is the state’s top fiscal watchdog, empowered with investigative tools to ensure integrity in government operations and accounting.
Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins Oct. 18. Goldman, a member of the Wake County Board of Education running her first statewide campaign, trails Wood 39-36 percent, according to a survey of North Carolina voters taken July 5-8 by Public Policy Polling. They were tied 36-36 in June.