JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Another candidate is entering the ring in the race to become the next State Auditor of Missouri.
Saundra McDowell announced Friday morning that she will run for the seat in the 2018 election, saying that “it’s time to prosecute fraud, stop waste, and expand our vision to see the potential for how much more can be accomplished with every existing tax dollar.”
McDowell, a lawyer from Springfield, Mo., is a former assistant attorney general for the state, and currently serves as the Director of Enforcement for the Securities Division of the Secretary of State’s Office.
McDowell served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school and was stationed overseas as an airman med tech in the wake of 9/11. She went to school to receive her law degree and went into private practice before joining the AG’s Office.
“As an assistant attorney general, I managed teams of accountants and investigators successfully going after those who cheated Missourians. As the state’s director of enforcement in the securities division of the secretary of state’s office, we’ve prosecuted large law-breaking financial institutions and con artists—taking on the crooked—to win court orders to return millions to individual Missouri investors and residents,” she said. “My entire career has been as a defender of the people. That’s why I’m running for state auditor.”
She says that to make the state auditor’s office a “better steward for the people,” she would work to fully implement her “Every Dollar Works” plan.
McDowell said her plan will create a “new standard for transparency in state government” to bring “light to what has been shrouded in darkness and to raise our sights to realize a brighter and more prosperous and secure future.”
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.