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Candidates for state auditor have made improving government transparency part of their campaign platform. The state auditor’s office is facing criticism from groups that have requested financial and spending data and been charged high fees and met with a slow response.

Jeff Dockter (D)

With 15 years as a program manager for the state of Wyoming, Jeff Dockter believes he has the experience and skills to lead the auditor’s office.

Since 2012 he has been with the Department of Enterprise Technology, supervising teams that “provide innovative and reliable technology solutions.” He has also audited government contracts and programs for compliance with state and federal requirements.

But, above all, he believes his background in project management, in which he received a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming, would be an “invaluable” asset to the office.

“My experience provides me the facilitation and people skills to innovate business processes,” he said. “In a data-driven, connected world, the only way to save money for taxpayers is through technological innovation.”

Dockter said he wants to prepare the auditor’s office for a blockchain future, as well as increase transparency and ensure Wyoming boards provide citizens with accurate, timely information.

He also said that as a member of the State Lands and Investment Board, he would support projects to upgrade outdated infrastructure.

“I know how hard it is,” Dockter said, “to complete new infrastructure projects that attract new businesses, bring in tourists and promote a healthy economy.”

Kristi Racines (R)

Kristi Racines touts her financial education and expertise as qualifying her to serve as Wyoming’s chief accountant. A certified public accountant, she holds a degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming.

In private practice she has performed audits of Wyoming businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities.

Racines is chief financial officer of Wyoming’s judicial branch, preparing and managing an $80 million statewide budget.

Racines, who grew up in Riverton, supports keeping public lands in public hands.

“Effective and responsible multiple use is a must,” she said. “Our schools, economy and Wyoming way of life depend upon it.

“I am committed to protecting the process,” she said. “Each proposal to sell, transfer or exchange lands must be scrutinized and backed by compelling facts. Certain transactions are in Wyoming’s best interest — to block up land, improve efficiency or enhance value.”

Racines said her knowledge of the current accounting system and state expenditures puts her in the best position to separate public and private information to have accurate and reliable financial information available for citizens and lawmakers.

“I will work with the Legislature to find an optimal software solution to publish expenditure data that is timely and understandable,” she said.

— Staff report compiled from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers and the League of Women Voters of Wyoming.

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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