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Democratic Primary for State Auditor Features Two CPAs

Next week, voters in Missouri will choose the Republican and Democrat they want to square off in the state auditor's race. Earlier this week, we brought you comments from the five Republican candidates who will be on the primary ballot. Now, KSMU's Missy Shelton has a look at the democratic state auditor candidates.

Next week, voters in Missouri will choose the Republican and Democrat they want to square off in the state auditor's race.

Earlier this week, we brought you comments from the five Republican candidates who will be on the primary ballot.

Now for a look at the democratic state auditor candidates.

There are two: Susan Montee and Darrell Wattenbarger.

Montee's name appears first on the ballot.

She says she's qualified to run for auditor.

Montee says if she's elected, she wants to continue the work of the current state auditor, democrat Claire McCaskill.

She says like McCaskill, she'll focus on performance audits.

Montee's opponent in next Tuesday's primary is Darrell Wattenbarger.

Wattenbarger works in Columbia as an independent Certified Public Accountant.

He says he has experience working in the auditor's office.

Wattenbarger says if he's elected, he'll focus on doing what state statute requires the auditor to do.

While you've probably seen quite a few signs around the area promoting the Republican candidates for auditor, the democratic auditor candidates are just now becoming visible.

Montee says she expects voters to begin seeing her campaign signs.

The other democratic candidate for auditor, Darrell Wattenbarger has no website and says he prefers to campaign on a personal level.

Both democratic candidates say the auditor's office should be non-partisan.

The winner of the democratic primary will face the winner of the Republican primary.

Candidates in the Republican primary include John Loudon, Mark Wright, Jack Jackson, Al Hanson and Sandra Thomas.

Libertarian Charles Baum has no opponent in the primary.