Secretary of State Michaul Mauro's campaign announced today that 43 county auditors--31 Democrats, 11 Republicans and one with no party affiliation--have endorsed the Democratic incumbent for re-election. One of the Republicans, Auditor Renee McClellan of Hardin County, said in a statement, "From the first day he took office, Michael Mauro has walked arm-in-arm with county auditors of both political parties and approached his job as Iowa's commissioner of elections in a non-partisan way, choosing results over politics. I'm proud to support Secretary Mauro and encourage all Iowans to vote for him this fall."
It's unusual for partisan county officials to publicly support a statewide candidate from the other party, and Mauro said the endorsements "confirm that my administration has worked effectively with both Democrats and Republicans to make the voting process accessible, safe, and secure."
No doubt the Republican auditors have noticed that Mauro's GOP challenger Matt Schultz is ignorant about Iowa election procedures and casually throws around fraud allegations for political gain.
The full list of auditors who support Mauro is after the jump.
For Immediate Release
September 21, 2010
MICHAEL MAURO RECEIVES ENDORSEMENTS FROM REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRATIC, AND NO PARTY COUNTY AUDITORS
Endorsements Demonstrate Mauro's Bipartisan,
Results Oriented Leadership
DES MOINES - Republican, Democratic, and No Party county auditors across the state of Iowa today publicly endorsed the reelection campaign of Secretary of State Michael A. Mauro.
"These endorsements confirm that my administration has worked effectively with both Democrats and Republicans to make the voting process accessible, safe, and secure," Secretary Mauro said. "Now more than ever, Iowans expect elected officials to deliver meaningful results, not partisanship and gridlock. The fact that I've been endorsed by both Republican and Democratic county auditors demonstrates that we've been able to accomplish just that."
The full list of endorsements, which includes 11 Republicans, 31 Democrats, and one No Party, is at the end of this release.
"From the first day he took office, Michael Mauro has walked arm-in-arm with county auditors of both political parties and approached his job as Iowa's commissioner of elections in a non-partisan way, choosing results over politics," Auditor Renee McClellan (R- Hardin County). "I'm proud to support Secretary Mauro and encourage all Iowans to vote for him this fall."
As Iowa's state commissioner of elections, the Secretary of State works with county auditors and their staff on a daily basis to prepare and administer local, state, and federal elections. Over the past four years, Secretary Mauro has worked with county auditors to bring about the following achievements:
The Overseas Vote Foundation ranked Iowa as the best state in the nation in making voting accessible to members of the military serving overseas (Click here for the full report. Rankings can be found on page 36)
Iowa now has uniform voting equipment and a voter verified paper trail
School elections were moved from every year to every other year which will save Iowa taxpayers $1 million this year alone
The Pew Center on the States ranked the Iowa Secretary of State's website as the #1 state elections site in the country. (Click here for the full report. Rankings can be found on page 13)
Secretary Mauro received endorsements from the following auditors:
Nancy Carmichael (D - Adams County)
Lisa Frederiksen (R - Audubon County)
Jill Marlow (D - Benton County)
Grant Veeder (D - Black Hawk County)
Phil Meier (D - Boone County)
Cindy Gosse (D - Buchanan County)
Holly Fokkena (R - Butler County)
Joan Schettler (D - Carroll County)
Ken Kline (R - Cerro Gordo County)
Joan Knoll (D - Chickasaw County)
Marjorie Pitts (R - Clay County)
Eric Van Lancker (D - Clinton County)
Terri Martens (D - Crawford County)
Carol Copeland (D - Des Moines County)
Nancy Reiman (D - Dickinson County)
Denise Dolan (D - Dubuque County)
Michele Erickson (D - Emmet County)
Gloria Carr (No Party - Floyd County)
Joan Kirk (R - Fremont County)
Jane Heun (R - Greene County)
Debra Bellinghausen (R - Hancock County)
Renee McClellan (R - Hardin County)
Susan Bonham (D - Harrison County)
Joell Deppe (D - Jackson County)
Dennis Parrott (D - Jasper County)
Tom Slockett (D - Johnson County)
Amber Garman (D - Kossuth County)
Anne Pedersen (D - Lee County)
Joel Miller (D - Linn County)
Julie Masters (R - Lucas County)
Joan Welch (D - Madison County)
Lowell Tesch (R - Mitchell County)
Brooke Kuhlmann (D - Monona County)
Margene Bunda (D - Pocahontas County)
Jamie Fitzgerald (D - Polk County)
Diana Dawley (D - Poweshiek County)
Marsha Carter (D - Shelby County)
Kelly Spurgeon (D- Wapello County)
Traci VanderLinden (D - Warren County)
Sue Ruble (D - Wayne County)
Carol Messerly (D - Webster County)
Pat Gill (D - Woodbury County)
Kay Clark (R - Worth County)