ClayCoMOPolitics had the priviledge to sit down with Rep. Allen Icet on Friday Sept. 11 to discuss his upcoming bid for state Auditor. Mr. Icet is out on the stump early trying to grab support for the 2010 race. To say that Mr. Icet is facing a challenge in the race would be accurate.

Ask the average American citizen what an auditor does and the response would probably be along the lines of “well, they audit something”. For those that this describes I am not trying to put you down, it’s just a fact of our political reality in America. Being an auditor is not a very “sexy” political office because they tend to be in the background and don’t get all the fame and glory. Of course in the current political climate there is not much glory to be had.

This is a brief description from the Missouri State Auditors website. “The State Auditor’s Office is Missouri’s independent watchdog agency, charged with auditing approximately 200 state agencies and boards and commissions; the state court system, including 45 judicial circuits and nearly 400 municipal courts; and the 89 counties in Missouri that do not have a county auditor.  The State Auditor may also be called on to audit local units of government by citizen petition.  On average, 20 audits of local government entities are performed each year.” In total the Missouri Auditor’s office has 150 employees that the elected auditor is in charge of.

After reading the description it makes me think that this is an elected position that you don’t want a politician right in the middle of. It is also a position that you don’t want someone who is a friend of the government bureaucracy in the middle of. I got an impression that Mr. Icet is not a “politician” and like many conservatives and Americans in this nation he is fed up with the size and scope of the government bureaucracy.

I said above that Mr. Icet is facing a challenge. I do not know much about Ms. Montee but I can’t say that I have heard of anything negative or outrageous she has been a part of. Although I think it would benefit Missouri taxpayers to have a Republican auditor once all these federal stimulus programs start to roll out.

The other thing here is that Mr. Icet must get past a primary battle with Tom Schweich. Personally I wish Mr. Schweich would head back to being a professor and quit dabbling in Republican politics in this state. After the reality that even John Danforth’s blessing couldn’t help him against Blunt for Senate he went race shopping and fell into the Auditor’s race.

Mr. Icet spent no time attacking Ms. Montee while we met and the only real negative thing that he had to say about her is that he felt that the Auditor’s office is not being aggressive enough to look into the current bureaucracy. Ms. Montee certainly possesses the proper credentials to be an Auditor. Although, I have learned that credentials don’t always mean that you are good at your job. We are a society that is currently fascinated with credentials and position but it doesn’t mean they have to be good at anything. Say it with me now, O-bam-a! Yes we can!

Mr. Icet was realistic about the race. He knows that there has been no down ballot statewide incumbent lose in this state since the 70s. He is optimistic though that this is a race that he could win. The electorate is fed up with the irresponsibility of those in power and anyone that associates themselves politically with the administration in Washington might have a tough road ahead. Ms. Montee was an early supporter of Obama. Mr. Icet also has the name recognition and media recognition of being the budget chair which will definitely aid him in his race.

While Mr. Icet doesn’t have the auditor “certifications” it appeared to me that he has the skill set for the job. He has a degree in civil engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. He currently serves as the chairman of the House Budget Committee and was vice chair last year. He came across as quite competent and knowledgeable on fiscal matters. Mr. Icet served as President/Director of Rockwood Board of Education in the mid 1990’s. Rockwood is St. Louis County’s largest school district. The district itself serves 22,000 total students. Most importantly Mr. Icet is a small government conservative who is concerned about the size and scope of the bureaucracy. He mentioned a couple times his frustration with seeing no one, whether they be Democrat or Republican, try to reduce the size and scope of the bureaucracy in Jeff. City during his time there.

Personally, I think Rep. Icet is someone that I can support for the office of Auditor and look forward to hearing more out of their campaign here in the coming weeks and months as we head toward 2010. Mr. Icet has to make a strong case for himself and a strong case against Susan Montee for him to be able to be victorious in the general election in 2010.

For more information about these two candidates you can find their websites here:

Allen Icet: http://www.icetforauditor.com/

Susan Montee: http://www.susanmontee.com/

You can also follow them both on Twitter. Although Ms. Montee has yet to Tweet anything.

The State Auditor’s Office is Missouri’s independent watchdog agency, charged with auditing approximately 200 state agencies and boards and commissions; the state court system, including 45 judicial circuits and nearly 400 municipal courts; and the 89 counties in Missouri that do not have a county auditor.  The State Auditor may also be called on to audit local units of government by citizen petition.  On average, 20 audits of local government entities are performed each year.
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