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Sand seeks bi-partisanship in State Auditor race

On the Stump: Politics 2018

August 4, 2018
By CJ Eilers - Editor - Traer Star Clipper / Dysart Reporter ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Rob Sand has spent the last seven years of his life working in the Iowa Attorney General's Office, where his work has taken him across the state to place such as Tama County. Now, a Democratic candidate for State Auditor, Sand returned to Tama to campaign at King Tower to discuss his vision for the office he hopes to win over incumbent Mary Mosiman.

"What we've been talking about more than anything in this race is we want to wake up the watchdog," Sand said. "This office is supposed to be the state's taxpayer watchdog and does Iowa's public corruption investigations, for example. I've been in the Attorney General's office for the last seven years and done much of Iowa's corruption prosecution in that timeframe. Their investigations come to me and I've noticed there's no one in that office with law Enforcement experience. It's exclusively computer programmers and accountants, so I'd like to have more balance in that office and all of us taxpayers would be better off. Those investigations would be done in a way where you've got someone thinking whether something will hold up in court."

Born and raised in Decorah, Sand attended Brown University and later got his law degree from the University of Iowa. While working in the Attorney General's Office as Assistant Attorney General, Sand explained political parties don't matter as he's persecuted Democrats and Republicans, a fact he feels should apply in the Auditor's office.

"I think it's important for Iowans to have someone who puts the public ahead of their political party," Sand said. "Iowans are owed someone who considers their allegiance to the public. We've had that in the State Auditor's Office before with Republicans willing to holding Republicans accountable. The trouble is in the last fiscal year, we had quarterly cuts, and the budget got worse, leading to borrowing money. The current Auditor said that that budget was ' balanced, stable, responsible'. I don't think anyone in Tama if they got a new job every three months with a lower paycheck would go to a New Year's Eve party and say their income was stable. It's not a good way to describe out budget and I fear that is someone who's putting their party allegiance ahead of the public."

Stating his campaign is "focused on truth, integrity and accountability, no matter their party affiliation," Sand has recently taken his message to Davenport on Sunday, Iowa Falls on Monday before coming to King Tower in Tama. He hopes to get to all 99 Iowa counties in time for the election.

"The campaign is going incredibly well so far," Sand said. "We've been able to outraise our opponent with significant support from not just Democrats, but also donors from Republicans. It's nice to see a race where people from a different variety of political backgrounds come together to support one candidate. We've had events where Republicans and Democrats talk with each other, and it's better for our state."

And that bi-partisanship is exactly what Sand feels the state and the people that live within her, will want this coming November.

"I think the people that want government to run more efficiently can be described with any political label," Sand said. "If elected as State Auditor, I will do much more of the work than what's currently being done."

Iowa surpasses 250,000 newly registered voters since Jan. 2015

From: Kevin Hall

Communications Director

Iowa Secretary of State Office

DES MOINES Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced more than 250,000 Iowans have registered to vote since he took office on January 1, 2015. Iowa has broken several voter registration records during Secretary Pate's tenure, including setting the all-time high for active registered voters, 2,045,864, in January 2017.

"It has never been easier to register to vote in Iowa," Secretary Pate said. "The simplest way to register is online. Since my office instituted online voter registration in 2016, almost 90,000 Iowans have registered to vote or updated their voter registration through that system. I encourage every eligible Iowan to register to vote and to be a voter."

Iowa is one of the top six states in the nation for voter registration and voter participation. Secretary Pate has taken numerous steps to encourage and enhance voter registration in Iowa. Along with online voter registration, Pate implemented the Safe at Home address confidentiality program so survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse can register to vote and cast their ballot without their address becoming public record.

Earlier this year, Secretary Pate drafted a bill to make Election Day registration easier. Iowans can now provide proof of residency documents in an electronic format, such as on a smart phone. Other innovations include the #VoterReady initiative, the nationally-recognized 'Helping Veterans and Iowans with Disabilities Vote' outreach effort, the #BeAVoter partnership with the Iowa League of Heroes, and the statewide College Voter Engagement Drive. Visitors to Secretary Pate's Capitol office are encouraged to register to vote on the display case that contains to the Iowa Constitution.



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