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2018 Candidate Conversations: State Auditor

The 2018 election cycle is now moving into full swing.

As part of our election coverage, Delaware Public Media is offering a series a Candidate Conversations - including in the race for State Auditor.

We’ve reached out to all candidates that have filed to run in the races for U.S. House and  U.S. Senate, as well as the races for state Attorney General, State Auditor and State Treasurer and invited them to sit down with us. Candidates in each race are being asked the same set of questions to allow you to get to know then and compare them.

In the race for State Auditor, four candidates are running to replace Republican Tom Wagner, who announced he is retiring after three decades in that office.

Democrats Kathleen Davies, Kathy McGuiness and Dennis Williams will face off in a September primary to decide who will join Republican James Spadola on the November General Election ballot.

Candidate Conversations are part of Delaware Debates 2018, a collaboration between Delaware Public Media and the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication.


Kathleen Davies is making her first bid for elected office. She worked as Chief Administrative Auditor in the State Auditor’s Office for over six years before being dismissed last December – a dismissal that Delaware's Dept. of Labor ruled in June was done without sufficient cause.  Another hearing on that matter before Merit Employee Relations Board is scheduled in October. 

Kathleen Davies' official campaign website.


Kathy McGuiness is a Rehoboth Beach Commissioner.  She previously ran for Lt. Governor in 2016, finishing third in a 6 way primary won by current Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long.

Delaware Public Media's Candidate Conversation with Democratic candidate for State Auditor Kathy McGuiness.

Kathy McGuiness' official campaign website.


James Spadola is running for statewide office for the first time, but the former Newark police officer previously ran for the 1st District State Senate seat in 2016.  He lost to incumbent Democrat Harris McDowell in that North Wilmington district by a 56 to 44 percent margin.

Delaware Public Media's Candidate Conversation with Republican candidate for State Auditor James Spadola.

James Spadola's official campaign website.


Dennis Williams is a former State Representative, representing the 10th District in Northern New Castle County for six years (2009-2015) before losing a 2014 Democratic primary to current State Rep. Sean Matthews. He lost to Matthews again in a 2016 Democratic primary for that seat.  Williams also ran twice and lost races Delaware’s U.S House seat in the late 1990s.

Delaware Public Media's Candidate Conversation with Democratic candidate for State Auditor Dennis Williams.

Dennis Williams official campaign website.