Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon decides to run for re-election

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Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon decides to run for re-election

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 11:21am -- tim

Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon today announced that he will run for re-election. Salmon had been considering, or been considered for, several other statewide offices. The Republican from St Johnsbury had been linked to possible runs for governor, Congress and US Senate. It was generally thought that the GOP office-seekers would wait for former Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie to decide his future political plans before making their moves. Dubie lost the governship narrowly to Peter Shumlin last year. Dubie has yet to annouce his intentions.
Salmon, son of former Democratic Governor Tom Salmon, said he initially decided to run for auditor in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He said he believed that government could do a lot better at coordinating, collaborating and solving public problems with improved intergovernmental strategy and communication. After being elected twice as a Democrat, he switched to the Republican Party and was again re-elected as auditor last year.
 
Salmon said in considering his optionis that he reflected on the daunting task facing Vermonters in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and the enormous task of reconstruction and rebuilding. In addition to other demands for overall stability, he said he firmly believes that he must serve Vermont in a capacity aligned with the overall mission of strengthening Vermont in every way and as quickly as possible.
 
While this may take a long time, Salmon said he is willing to commit his services to the people of Vermont and believes that he and his staff can make a difference.
 
The auditor recently testified Washington, DC, to the president's Office of Management and Budget and has been working closely with the Office of the Inspector General regarding recovery oversight and FEMA requirements. He said he is passionate about improving government performance and the relationship between federal, state, and local entities. 
 
He said a formal announcement will come at a later date. 
 
Letter from State Auditor Tom Salmon to Vermonters
 
September 23, 2011
 
Dear Vermonters,
 
During the past six months, I have talked with hundreds of Vermonters and consulted with my family about how I can best serve the state of Vermont in the coming years. I have examined a number of options, but the impact of Irene on Vermont helped me to understand that the best way for me to serve Vermont is to continue as state auditor.  
 
I was inspired to enter public life after seeing first-hand the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a Navy (Seabee) reservist. That experience pointed out to me the importance of an effective government.
 
Today, as I look at Vermont in the wake of Hurricane Irene, I see Vermonters, already struggling with the burdens of a slow moving economy, knocked off their feet by the devastation of Irene. I see town governments and the state government working hard to make both emergency and long-term repairs to Vermont’s infrastructure. I see Vermonters working together to rebuild and to improve their lives and the lives of their neighbors.
 
As state auditor, I know I can play an important role in rebuilding Vermont after the tragedy of Irene and the effects of the long recession. I am proud to have served two terms as state auditor and I’m grateful for the talented and dedicated staff I have working with me.
 
I am passionate about improving government performance and improving the relationship among federal, state, and local governments. These relationships will all be critical to improving the quality of life for all Vermonters in the coming months and years.
 
My office and I are working closely with state and local officials, as well as the Office of the Inspector General on recovery oversight and FEMA requirements. We will continue our ongoing work with towns and state government to improve government performance, transparency and accountability to the people of Vermont.
 
I am very optimistic about Vermont’s future. During this recent crisis, Vermonters have demonstrated that they are resourceful, hardworking, and the best neighbors you can have.
 
I look forward to continuing to serve Vermont in the future as state auditor.
 
Sincerely,
Tom

Thomas M. Salmon CPA
Vermont State Auditor