One of State Auditor Mike Foley‘s auditors is running for his boss’s job.
Larry Anderson, who works as an auditor II for Foley, filed paperwork Wednesday to run for state auditor, saying he would continue the work Foley has done for the state.
“The job of state auditor carries many functions, from overseeing the use of state funds to keeping Nebraska taxpayers informed on how funds are being handled, or unfortunately in some cases mishandled,” Anderson said in a press release. “Under my leadership, I would like to see a greater connection between our office and the taxpayers.”
Anderson has worked in the auditor’s office for more than two years, starting as an auditor 1 and being promoted to auditor II last year. He has also served as an officer in the Army National Guard, Anderson says his unique experience in accounting and leadership makes him an ideal candidate for the job.
Anderson graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Upon graduating, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army and is currently a platoon leader for the 1195th Transportation Company co-located in Kearney and York.
Anderson officially registered with the Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday afternoon, but had intended on running since Foley announced his bid for governor in September.
Sen. Charlie Janssen, R-Fremont, and Sen. Amanda McGill, D-Lincoln, are also running for the post.
While 26 states have their auditors appointed by the governor, Nebraska elect its auditor. Anderson said he “sees this as more of a job interview than a political office. The election is a hiring process and the voters are the ones hiring me.”