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Winters, a baptist pastor, made the announcement monday as the 2018 campaign season begins to pick up steam. He joins a small contingent of wyoming lawmakers looking to fill four of the five statewide elected office seats without incumbents in wyoming.

Only state superintendent of public instruction jillian balow, a republican, intends to seek re-election. Gov. Matt mead’s second and final term will expire this year, treasurer mark gordon is running for governor and former secretary of state ed murray resigned in february.

That leaves the auditor’s office, which is held by cynthia cloud, a republican. But cloud confirmed wednesday she will not seek another term in the office.Audit committee

When cloud first took office after winning the 2010 election unopposed, there was a two-term limit on that office.

Though the law was changed – now only the governor is limited to two terms – cloud said she has held onto the idea of limiting herself to two terms.

Winters was first elected to serve in public office in 2012 when he beat democrat connie skates for his house district 28 seat 3,288-1,100. In his time in the house, winters sat on the minerals, business and economic development committee; the agriculture, state and public lands and water resources committee; the management audit committee; and served as the house judiciary committee’s vice-chairman.Cloud said

The time winters spent on those committees and in the legislature advocating for conservative policies have been instructive “probably to a degree that’s incalculable,” he said. The management audit committee experience, winters said, gave him insight into different aspects of a variety of state agencies.

When it comes to the economic development component of the minerals committee, he said he’s gained valuable insight into the role the auditor plays on the state loan and investment board, making critical decisions on investing public funds.

Cloud emphasized the role information technology, or IT, plays in the auditor’s office. She also is a certified public accountant with years of experience in the private sector with accounting matters.Cloud said while the CPA experience helped cloud “tremendously” going into the office, she said she didn’t have any particular IT background.

Winters is not a CPA, though both he and cloud pointed out she’s been the only auditor to hold that certification. And when it comes to IT, winters said he understands how technology will play a key role in accomplishing his goals in the office.

Those goals largely center on government efficiency and transparency, winters said. Some entities both within and outside of wyoming have implored the auditor’s office to hand over state expenditures from 2016, though the office responded to requests by saying it would be too difficult a task.Audit committee in part, the auditor’s office pointed out doing so would require lengthy redactions and reviews to ensure no confidential information was made public.

Looking at cloud’s tenure, winters said he holds her work in high regard and praised what he looks at as expanded efficiency. Winters also pointed to legislation in the last two sessions aimed at increasing efficiency in government and said his understanding of those initiatives would allow him to implement effective policies to that end.

Legislation advanced during winters’ time in the house would also mean the next auditor will “have a number of new tools at their disposal to bring forward transparency.”

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Winters said he was aware of the controversy around the 2016 expenditures, and he wants to “overhaul the database system and improve digitization.”

Cloud said the next auditor needs to have “successfully proven skills” and that a project management and accounting background is “extremely important.” ultimately, she said she’d like to see a republican with “strong conservative fiscal values.” at this stage, cloud said she wouldn’t comment on whether she’s for or against a particular candidate.

Still in the early stages of the 2018 election season, winters is the only republican to declare candidacy for the auditor’s seat. He joins cheyenne democrat jeff dockter, a political newcomer who touted his experience in program and project management as his qualification for the office.Winters said dockter also held transparency as a top priority.

If she had any advice for whoever takes over her office, cloud said that person should “keep your head down and work, and take care of your staff.” whatever the experience of the person who wins the election, cloud said the staff is key to success.

“as long as you have a good, solid staff around you and behind you, and hire the right people in the right jobs, he will be successful,” she said.