INDIANAPOLIS | A self-proclaimed "numbers guy," Democrat Mike Claytor kicked off his campaign for state auditor Thursday by vowing to protect Hoosiers from the bad math of Indiana Republicans.
"In the past few years several things just haven't added up at the Statehouse," Claytor said. "Thousands of jobs that were promised using taxpayer dollars haven't materialized, the BMV has been overcharging citizens for routine services and health care numbers have been skewed for political purposes."
The Carmel accountant and attorney said if he's elected state auditor he will serve as a taxpayer's advocate and use his powers to try to stop Republican Gov. Mike Pence from creating new state agencies that duplicate the work of other state agencies.
"We should be growing the Indiana workforce instead of growing government," Claytor said. "We're adding more layers of bureaucracy at a time when Hoosiers are still struggling to find jobs."
If nominated by the Indiana Democratic Party at its convention next summer, Claytor likely will face Republican state Auditor Dwayne Sawyer in the 2014 general election.
Pence last month made Sawyer the first black Republican ever to hold statewide office when he appointed him to replace Tim Berry, who resigned to become chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.
Looking out for his successor, Berry responded to Claytor's announcement by noting Claytor is registered to vote in Florida and promising to "spread the word that Democrat Mike Claytor is, in fact, a Floridian by virtue of his voter registration."
Claytor, a Hartford City native and Ball State University graduate, said he was transferred from Indiana to Florida for work over the past three years, but returned following his retirement.
"I certainly never left the idea of being a Hoosier," he said.
Indiana voter records indicate Claytor re-registered to vote in Hamilton County on June 4.