Experience and accomplishments take center stage as candidates for Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts meet head to head for the first and only time on statewide television.
Sheri Donahue dominated the discussion Monday night as KET’s Renee Shaw hosted the Democratic Candidates for Kentucky State Auditor on “Kentucky Tonight.”
Donahue who grew up in Pleasure Ridge Park, a small working-class town outside of Louisville, stressed her 20 years of working for the United States Navy auditing multi-million dollar weapon systems and managing classified intelligence contracts. “My job was to make sure that our men and women in uniform had safe and effective equipment to defend our nation and that taxpayers got their money’s worth,” Donahue said.
Donahue laid out a clear vision for the Auditors’ office. “We have to improve the Information Security of the state. Think about all the information the state has in their computers about us… Date of birth, social security numbers, driving records and more. Now, think what hackers can do with that information.”
“We also need to audit the state’s electronic voting machines. The voters must have faith that their voices and their votes are being heard and counted,” Donahue added.
Donahue has received numerous commendations during her career including awards from the United States Navy, United States Army and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. One of the FBI commendations was for her work creating the process the FBI uses to coordinate domestic security information. She plans to build on that work to make it easier for state employees and taxpayers to report possible waste, fraud, and abuse in the commonwealth.
“People have lost faith in government, but I know that together we can restore that faith,” Donahue concluded.