BLOOMINGTON — The race for McLean County auditor is starting to get crowded.
At a campaign event at Crawford's Corner in Bloomington Wednesday night, Libertarian candidate Kevin Woodard formally announced he would seek the office currently held by Republican Michelle Anderson.
Anderson said she intends to run for re-election and will face Trisha Malott in the March primary. The winner of that race will face Democrat Rob Fazzini and Woodard in November.
Woodard works as a collector for Afni and has lived in McLean County for 10 years. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Technological University and an MBA from Centenary College of Louisiana.
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He and his wife, Lanette, have two children.
"Right now we have an incumbent Republican in office that isn't known for being in her office and available to serve when her presence is requested," Woodard said in a statement released Wednesday. "We have a Democrat challenger who at first wanted to eliminate the office, but now states he thinks it should only be a part-time job, and a Republican challenger who isn't sure if the job should be full-time or not."
The race will be closely watched because Anderson and McLean County Treasurer Rebecca McNeil differ in how the county should handle accounting practices.
Woodard said his primary objective is to provide McLean County voters with an opportunity to vote for a candidate “who will use the office of auditor to serve as a watchdog for McLean County taxpayers.”
His statement said that such an important role demands a full-time commitment to unbiased, independent review.