INDIANAPOLIS -- Carmel Democrat Mike Claytor will announce his candidacy Thursday for the Democratic nomination for Indiana Auditor of State in the November 2014 election.
Claytor is an experienced accountant and attorney who was born in Hartford City and graduated from Ball State University in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He immediately went to work at the Indiana State Board of Accounts under then-Gov. Bob Orr.
He received a law degree in 1983, and continued working for the state on several white-collar crime investigations. He later retired as a partner with Crowe Horwath LLP.
Claytor is now seeking the support of voters to bring back accountability and transparency to Indiana state government, a news release said. His top priority will be working to ensure efficient and effective financial management practices.
His website said the state auditor is the chief financial officer of the state, but no CPA has ever been elected to that position.
Gov. Mike Pence recently appointed Republican Dwayne Sawyer to fill the remainder of Tim Berry's term. Berry left to run the Indiana Republican Party.