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Halbur receives Republican nomination for state auditor in a tight race

By: - June 8, 2022 12:03 am
Polling site in Des Moines

Iowa voters cast their ballots for Senate, statewide and local candidates in the state’s June 7 primary election. (Photo by Robin Opsahl/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Small business owner Todd Halbur has won the Republican nomination for state auditor in a tight race, according to Associated Press projections. He will face off against Democratic incumbent Rob Sand in the November election.

Halbur had  51% of the vote late Tuesday, while former state Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa received 49% with about 96% of the vote counted.

Halbur has served as the chief financial officer of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. For the last 18 years, Halbur has worked as a licensed real estate agent and owner of a small business. 

Halbur has said if elected, he would implement “common-sense practices” for the state of Iowa such as install an upgraded risk management software tool for Iowa agencies and establish an auditor education team. 

In May, Reynolds said she wanted a new state auditor who would not try to sue her “every time around.” Sand said he has never sued Reynolds but his office has conducted audits over her allocation of federal pandemic relief dollars.

During their campaigns, both Halbur and Hanusa accused Sand of partisan investigations, which Sand disputes. Halbur said if elected, he would follow the rule of law while overseeing Iowa’s tax dollars as opposed to a political agenda. 

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Kate Kealey
Kate Kealey

Katherine Kealey is a senior majoring in journalism and political science at Iowa State University. Before interning at the Iowa Capital Dispatch, she interned at the Carroll Times Herald. She served as the editor-in-chief of the Iowa State Daily in 2022.