Thursday, April 14, 2011

Know Your Primary Candidate: Sean Lally

The municipal primary is on May 17, so I figure it would be wise to look into who some of these dudes are. Especially since, you know, they'll be running the county and stuff. We obviously need all the help we can get.

So first up is Democrat Sean Lally, who's running for re-election as Controller. He's unopposed.

According to him, his audits have lead to such changes as the discovery and abolishment of a discretionary spending account maintained by the prison, major changes at FACT in fiscal operations, and the recovery of county funds from a resident of New York who was found guilty of fraud. Recovering county funds is definitely a good thing. We need those funds. There are also now annual audits with tax collectors, so we're keeping track of our money. And he says he met all of his goals for his first term. Meeting goals is good.

The county had a $3 million surplus when he took office in 2008, and 2010 was also expected to end with a surplus. So while people in the county may be at poverty level, at least the county itself has some money.

For his second term, he wants to focus on "methods of cost reduction, departmental controls and efficiency of operations." Sounds good to me. Then again, what do I know? I'm a writing major.

There is one little issue, though: Lally was involved in a car accident in 2007, in which he left the scene before police arrived and had previously had two beers. He denied been drunk, but witnesses thought otherwise. Were these decisions wise? Clearly not. Does it matter if he's a good controller? I guess that depends on the unwise decisions you'll let your politicians get away with.

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