David Wall was leading over Sandra Vasecka in the Missoula County auditor’s race after preliminary results came out Wednesday morning.
The vote count as of 12:45 a.m. Wednesday was 28,572 for Wall to 19,240 for Vasecka.
The county auditor’s main responsibility is to examine and investigate claims presented to the county for payment. The position also provides guidance to county departments on local government procurement practices and develops policies and procedures as needed.
Democratic incumbent Wall said he appreciated Vasecka’s decision to run against him in the auditor race.
“I want to thank Sandra Vasecka for running,” he said. “Democracy doesn’t work unless there are multiple candidates to choose from.”
Wall also responded to Vasecka’s assertion that he inserted political ideologies into his role.
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“The current auditor has stated that he is willing to use this office to further his political agenda,” Vasecka wrote in a candidate survey administered by the Missoulian. “I believe the auditor should be loyal to the numbers, not to political ideologies.”
“In my view, I don’t want to bring politics into auditing, but it’s my view every human brings values into their job,” Wall explained. He said issues