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State Auditor elect Kathy McGuiness is getting a jump on her transition into office.

Deputy Auditor James Spadola says he is stepping down effective Wednesday and retiring State Auditor Tom Wagner is naming McGuiness to replace him for the remainder of Wagner’s time in office.

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Democrat Kathy McGuiness will be Delaware’s next State Auditor.

McGuiness defeated Republican James Spadola with almost 58% of the vote to become the State’s first female Auditor. 

Retiring Republican State Auditor Tom Wagner announced Wednesday he is appointing the GOP candidate for that office to serve as deputy auditor.

Courtesy of McGuiness campaign

Kathy McGuiness emerged from a three person primary to become the Democratic nominee for State Auditor.

McGuiness received 41.9% of the vote, edging out fellow Democrats Kathleen Davies (34.9%) and Dennis Williams (23.2%).

A Rehoboth resident, McGuinness got her start in small business before transitioning to politics, where she started a nonprofit and served as a Rehoboth city commissioner for almost two decades.

McGuinness believes her experience can make a difference the State Auditor’s office.

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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.

Republicans are again looking for someone to run for State Auditor

A week after launching her campaign, Joan Winters has dropped out.

Winters cited family as the reason for ending her first bid for political office.

"My family is the single most important thing to me, and the unanticipated rigors of a statewide campaign far exceed what I expected leaving me little time for the ones I love most. For that reason, I have decided not to run for State Auditor," said Winters in her statement.

The race for State Auditor now has a Republican candidate. Joan Winters announced her candidacy to replace 30-year incumbent Republican Tom Wagner who announced he’s retiring earlier this year.

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State Auditor Tom Wagner said the former treasurer of a Sussex County ambulance nonprofit misappropriated funds.

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Delaware will have a new State Auditor for the first time in nearly three decades following this November’s election.

Republican Tom Wagner says he will not seek another term. The 62-year-old Wagner has been state auditor since he was appointed to the post in 1989.

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