Democrat Amanda McGill wants the Auditor candidates to debate.
McGill says debates between her and Republican Charlie Janssen would help voters decide who to choose to succeed Auditor Mike Foley.
“It’s getting down to those last couple of months before the election and other debates are starting to happen, but I don’t think that the Auditor’s office should be left out of the list of offices that really should be having a debate,” McGill tells Nebraska Radio Network.
McGill says debates would give voters a clearer understanding about who is best prepared for the job and what priorities they would have once in office.
“The Auditor being the watchdog of our taxpayer dollars is one of the most critical jobs in government, which is why it’s so important to understand what our philosophies would be as state Auditor,” according to McGill.
McGill says debates also would enlighten Nebraskans, saying most Nebraskans don’t have a concept of what a state Auditor does.
“Even though that Auditor’s office is doing a hundred audits a year and digging up some really important information on waste and mismanagement,” McGill says, “But most people still don’t fully understand the office or what it really does that impacts them.”
McGill sent a letter to Janssen, suggesting three debates in each of the state Congressional districts. She says Janssen has yet to respond.
McGill, a state senator from Lincoln, and Janssen, a state senator from Fremont, are on the ballot to succeed Auditor Mike Foley, who left the office to run unsuccessfully for governor.