Debate Set For State Auditor And Inspector GOP Primary

NonDoc, Let’s Fix This, Generation Citizen and Folded Owl will be co-hosting a public primary election debate between Republican candidates for state auditor and inspector. Financial sponsors for the debate include the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association and Milner, McSpadden, Robinson.

The primary debate will be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Trolley Stop Record Shop, 1212 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City. Those interested can RSVP for the debate via Facebook or simply attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Cindy Byrd, Charlie Prater and John Uzzo have all said they plan to attend the debate.

Term limits prohibit current State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones from seeking re-election. He is a candidate for governor.

GOP winner will face Libertarian

In recent years, talk of financial mismanagement at state agencies has brought heightened attention to the state auditor and inspector’s job duties, potential and limitations.

The winner of the GOP primary will face Libertarian candidate John Yeutter of Tahlequah in November’s general election. No Democrat filed for the race.

GOP candidates

Cindy Byrd is the current Oklahoma deputy state auditor for local government services. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs and the American Board of Forensic Accountants.

Charlie Prater is also a certified public accountant and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

John Uzzo is a U.S. Army veteran. His Facebook page lists advanced degrees in accounting and states he has been an accounting professor at several universities.

Other debates lined up as well

NonDoc has been working with Let’s Fix This and Generation Citizen to host multiple public debates for statewide offices this primary season. On June 6, GOP candidates for labor commissioner debated at the Tower Theatre.

Friday, Democrat candidates for labor commissioner will debate at the Trolley Stop Record Shop from 6 to 7 p.m. (View Facebook event page here.)

Republican candidates for attorney general also will debate 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Tower Theatre. (View the Facebook event page here.)

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Update: This post was updated at 3:23 p.m. Monday, June 18, to list sponsors for the state auditor GOP primary debate.

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