Below is a letter I received today from Chairman Donaldson. The letter expresses his desire to seek the Democratic nomination for Comptroller. I like Donaldson and have been a strong supporter of his forever but I do have have some issues with his candidacy. One, I think he is a good legislative Chairman and many members of the legislature fought very hard to make sure that he kept that position. I personally think that is where he should stay. There also is the issue of him announcing for Executive and now running for Comptroller as some second place prize.
Below is the letter in it's entirety :
County Chair, Town Chairs and others
I will soon be announcing that I will be seeking the democratic nomination for Comptroller.
As most of you know I have been involved in local government for the past 25 years with the past 15 in County Government. I served as the last democratic minority leader in the legislature and I have the honor of presently serving as the first democratic Chairman of the Legislature in almost 30 years and the only democrat to serve as said chairman for more than two years. I believe my integrity and dedication as an elected official in general and as a democrat is quite sound. I also believe I am a creditable candidate that can win come this November with your help.
In regard to the position, despite what some believe, the comptroller in the new charter is not the Chief Fiscal Officer. The Commissioner of Finance will hold those duties and will be appointed by the County Executive . The Commissioner of Finance will eventually replace the elected County Treasurer .
What will be required of the Comptroller's Office is to have extensive knowledge of the inner workings of county government and to be able to work with the County Executive and Legislature to help promote efficiencies. The individual will also be an independent voice to protect the taxpayer through the use of oversight, audits, interviews and a close examination of procedures used by departments, the County Executive and the legislature.
As Comptroller I intend to work collaboratively and cooperatively with the county executive and the legislature, as well as each department in order to provide fiscal discipline to county government and to assure we continue to move in the direction of better government at a better price.
As the independent watchdog I will need to put the interest of the taxpayer first and foremost and when necessary, vigorously communicate my concerns to the public on wrongdoing, procedures that create waste or are questionable, along with matters that I find troubling or inefficient.
As our democratic principles dictate, I will assure an open, honest government that is accountable to its citizens. That's what a Comptroller should do and that is what I will do. The people of deserve no less. That is how I as Comptroller, will create the public trust in the office of the Comptroller and will help to create the public confidence in democrat candidates in general.