Voters’ Guide: Nebraska State Auditor

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Candidates for Nebraska State Auditor

Charlie Janssen  (R):  No response received.

Jane Skinner (D):  Website:  Current Public Office, dates held: N/a.  Past Public Office, dates held: N/a.  Education: 3 years of college  Attended Cottey College (Nevada MO) 2003-2005, Attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2005-2006.  Military experience: N/a.  Volunteer experience: Teach Sunday School at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Omaha NE) 2017-present, Volunteer for Downtown Episcopal Outreach, 2013-2014, Volunteer at Legal Aid of Nebraska, Native American Project, 2008-2010.

Nebraska State Auditor Candidates’ Responses

How can the auditor’s office reduce public distrust in the practice of political funding?

Charlie Janssen:  No response received.

Jane Skinner:  Transparency is key. The auditor’s office has not issued a press release since 2015, and makes no effort to publicize their work in either traditional or social nedia. Robust communication with the public in a variety for mediums is the most important way to insure that the office of auditor is serving the best interests of the people.

How will you work to insure integrity in the auditor’s office?

Charlie Janssen:  No response received.

Jane Skinner:  Maintaining (or reclaiming) the nonpartisanship of the office is important to me. Currently, the office of auditor is unduly influenced by the office of governor. Regardless of political affiliation, the auditor should be an individual not subject to the whims of other officials in the executive branch.

If elected, what would be your first-year priorities?

Charlie Janssen:  No response received.

Jane Skinner: -Reducing partisanship in the office.  -Upgrading the standards and practices of the office to ensure that current regulations are being followed.  -Prioritizing training or retraining of myself and the staff.

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