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Entenza wants to break metro mold of state auditor post

Minnesota hasn’t had a state auditor from the rural part of the state in two generations.

Matt Entenza says he wants to change that.

Entenza, a former DFL House leader who is originally from Worthington, filed to run for state auditor against fellow DFLer and incumbent Rebecca Otto.

During a stop in Alexandria Wednesday, Entenza said his record shows that he’s been a champion for Greater Minnesota. He listed his support of local government aid as an example, saying LGA was crucial for small towns like Alexandria to maintain essential services, such as fire protection, public safety and streets.

Entenza said the auditor position fits well with his background of fighting white collar crime as a Hennepin County prosecutor and his progressive values.

Entenza said the auditor job doesn’t get a lot of notice from voters, adding that the job involves more duties than doing audits and balancing the books.

“We need an auditor fighting to protect pensions that are under attack, who will go after corporate giveaways at the local level,” he said. “We need an auditor who will scrutinize education spending and school budgets, focusing on why Minnesota schools have such a bad achievement gap.”

Entenza said that Governor Mark Dayton, a former state auditor, is an example of how public officials can act on progressive DFL values. He noted that Dayton sought to have the wealthiest Minnesotans pay their fair share of taxes. “As state auditor, I’ll work hard to make sure they do,” Entenza said.

The primary election will take place on August 12. The winner will face the GOP candidate in November.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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