Rehoboth Beach Commissioner McGuiness running for state auditor


DOVER — Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Kathy McGuiness announced Thursday she is running for auditor. Ms. McGuiness, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2016, finishing third in a crowded primary of six candidates.

“As your auditor, not only will I focus on eliminating fraud and abuse, I will work with citizens and others to look for missed opportunities as well as ways we can improve the way we spend our money,” Ms. McGuiness said in a statement.

Democrat Dennis E. Williams previously filed to run for the seat. Incumbent Tom Wagner, a Republican who has been in office since 1989, has not yet announced whether he is seeking another term.

Kathy McGuiness

Ms. McGuiness has served on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners for 17 years, most recently being re-elected in August, and she is on the board of trustees at Delaware State University.

She announced her candidacy for auditor Thursday with a statewide tour, pledging to be transparent and to protect Delawareans’ tax dollars.

“The auditor needs to be an individual who is ready to stand up for all Delawareans. Kathy will be that tireless voice,” Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, a Rehoboth Beach Democrat, said in a statement.

Ms. McGuiness’ campaign said she has been endorsed by several Democratic state lawmakers, as well as other Democratic officials.

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