The two candidates have been neck-and-neck in most polls, and Republicans see the race as one of their best chances to break a 16-year losing streak in statewide contests. The winner must oversee the books of $40 billion in local government spending each year, largely through audits of counties and cities.
Ryan Wilson, the Republican running for state auditor, said in a WCCO Radio debate last weekend that he’d use the office to examine where education dollars are going.
“We’re hearing ‘Is the money making it to the schools?’ We’re happy to give more, some people say we give too much,” Wilson said. “But regardless, they want to know that once the money is there, is it making it to the classrooms so the teachers can teach and the kids can learn.”