State Auditor Mike Harmon, who is running for Kentucky Governor in 2023, spoke during the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) Conference and Expo at the Owensboro Convention Center on Wednesday. Harmon discussed his efforts as State Auditor since 2015, saying he has worked to help with transparency from the state level.
KLC is a nonprofit membership association serving more than 380 Kentucky cities and municipal agencies. KLC provides cities, leaders, and employees with many services including legislative advocacy, legal services, community consulting, training, policy development and research, and more.
Harmon said since his first year in office he has been working with KLC to ensure that no entity is targeted or given a pass when it comes to audits, and for his office to just follow the data presented.
He said his administration has also supported legislation to strengthen city audit requirements, improve transparency of area development districts, and reduce the cost of audits for county officials.
One of Harmon’s major platforms for his gubernatorial campaign is to ensure “Freedom Over Fear” to members of the Commonwealth.
“Over the last year and a half, sadly Kentuckians have had their liberties and their livelihoods suspended and stolen while promises to make those losses whole have gone for the most part unfulfilled,” Harmon’s campaign site says. “… if I am elected, I will do my best to take time to listen to the people of Kentucky and to serve each and every one to the best of my abilities regardless of their political affiliation.”
According to Harmon, in his time as a State Representative he was known as one of the most conservative members in the House.
Should he be elected he said he plans to continue the work he does as Auditor of Public Accounts.
“I go to work every day with the goals of protecting taxpayers and making government more efficient, effective, and ethical,” Harmon’s site says. “I love serving as your State Auditor, and I will continue working toward those same goals if elected to the Governor’s office.”