By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming State Auditor Kristi Racines has won the Republican nomination to serve her office for another four years.
Racines ran unopposed in the Republican primary and will face no Democratic challenger in the general election.
Racines still actively campaigned throughout the state, attending parades in Sheridan, Casper, Cody, Chugwater, Jackson, Farson, Torrington and Riverton.
“One of my top priorities is listening to constituents in every corner of the state,” Racines said on her campaign website. “I value robust, in person outreach so I may better understand the issues facing both our rural and urban communities.”
Within 30 days of taking office, produced and turned over six years’ worth of expenditure data, a move she said eliminated barriers to transparency that had plagued Wyoming for years.
She also reduced the auditor’s budget by 10% and personnel by 15%, while providing the same level or increased services to the public.
She also spearheaded the Governor’s Business, Banking, and Employee COVID-19 taskforce during the pandemic, playing a role in securely distributing more than $1 billion in stimulus funding to Wyoming families, small businesses, and hospitals.
The auditor’s office has received awards from the Government Financial Officers Association for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
Prior to becoming elected auditor, Racines was Chief Fiscal Officer and Director of Human Resources for Wyoming’s judiciary. She also served on the State Employee Compensation Commission and was appointed to the inaugural Government Efficiency Commission in 2017.
In 2018, Racines beat Nathan Winters by 19% of the vote in the Republican primary and Democratic challenger Jeff Dockter by 47% in the general election.