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‘Sam’ Shaw has right approach to auditor job

S. Samantha Shaw, who goes by the nickname "Sam," said the state of Alabama advertised for someone to be its auditor and she applied because she is an experienced accountant. Thus, the straightforward approach of Ms. Shaw in her campaign for the open office of state auditor.

The auditor's chief duty is to make sure the state government accounts for its $1.6 billion in real property. The auditor also sits on the state Board of Adjustments, which she says will be no problem for her.

Her Democratic opponent is Janie Baker Clarke of Fort Payne who, at age 60 and retired from the attorney general's office in 1997, wants to return to public service.

She, too, understands the duties of office and the importance of keeping up with the state's property but puts more emphasis on her role as a member of the Board of Adjustments. Ms. Clarke could do the job, also.

Both candidates have strong family ties; each speaks kindly of her opponent; both are well educated; and both have a sense of humor that wears well.

Ms. Shaw, 49, however, shared a perspective of the office that we like. She acknowledges the new technology former Auditor Susan Parker, a Morgan County native, brought to the office and the work of current Auditor Beth Chapman.

Ms. Chapman, she said, improved on what Ms. Parker started and that her goal is to build on their achievements.

Her — "If it's not broke, don't fix it" — approach is a sign of maturity. Her wanting to hire on to do a job that is open is refreshing.

THE DAILY recommends S. Samantha "Sam" Shaw for state auditor in the Nov. 7 general election.

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