Democrat Mike Claytor has thrown his hat into the ring in the race for State Auditor, seeking to become the first CPA to hold the position. But some Republicans are questioning Claytor’s status as an Indiana resident.
Mike Claytor is a retired CPA and attorney who spent 15 years working for the Indiana Board of Accounts before transitioning to the private sector. He says, as State Auditor, he would restore transparency and accountability to state government.
He criticized wasteful and mismanaged government funds under recent Republican administrations.
“Thousands of jobs that were promised using taxpayer dollars haven’t materialized,” Claytor said. “The BMV has been overcharging its citizens for routine services and healthcare numbers have been skewed for political purposes.”
Republicans are already on the attack, with state Republican Party Chair Tim Berry referring to Claytor as a Floridian because Claytor has been registered to vote in Florida since 2008. Claytor says he moved there while working for accounting firm Crowe Horwath and has since re-registered in Indiana.
“I was born Indiana, raised in Hartford City, went to school in Muncie, moved to Indianapolis and – except for a brief, three year stint – I’ve been an Indiana resident all my life,” he said.
If Claytor receives the nomination at the state Democratic convention next year, his likely opponent is newly-appointed State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer, who was tabbed by Governor Mike Pence to replace former Auditor Tim Berry last month.