Beth Wood

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Beth Wood
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North Carolina State Auditor
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 7
PredecessorLes Merritt (R)
Base salary$124,676
Elections and appointments
Last election November 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$531,784
Term limitsNone
Bachelor'sEast Carolina University
Date of birthApril 22, 1954
ProfessionCertified Public Accountant
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Beth Wood (b. April 22, 1954) is the current Democratic North Carolina State Auditor. She was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Wood is the first woman elected state auditor in North Carolina.[1]

In November 2013, Wood was named as one of the 25 most powerful women in accounting by CPA Practice Advisor magazine. She was the only elected official on the list.[2]


Wood grew up in eastern North Carolina on her family's farm near Cove City. She received a B.S. in accounting from East Carolina University in 1984 and became a certified public accountant three years later.

Wood has worked in both the state auditor's office and for the state treasurer and has 15 years of auditing experience. She left the auditor's office in 2007 to teach professional courses for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Immediately before her election, Wood worked for the American Institute of CPAs as a case investigator of allegedly sub-standard audits.[3][4]


  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, East Carolina University

Political career

State Auditor (2009-Present)

Wood has served as North Carolina State Auditor since 2009. Prior to that she worked in the State Auditor's Office for over a decade and also worked in the State Treasurer's Office.[5]



See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Wood won re-election in 2012. She was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary. No Republican won at least 40 percent in the primary and the top two vote getters, Greg Dority and Debra Goldman, went to a runoff on July 17.[6] Dority, however, declined the runoff. Wood defeated Goldman in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Of her campaign, Wood stated, "The Office of State Auditor is critical to taxpayers in that it provides oversight to how tax dollars are spent. I am the only candidate running for this office that has the qualifications to meet the demands of the Office to ensure that NC citizens' tax dollars are being properly accounted for and reported and to identify fraudulent and wasteful spending in State Government."[7]

North Carolina State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Wood Incumbent 53.7% 2,299,541
     Republican Debra Goldman 46.3% 1,981,539
Total Votes 4,281,080
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.


  • Equality NC Action Fund[8]
  • Charlotte Observer[9]

The official North Carolina State Board of Elections voting guide listed the following endorsements:[7]

  • Walter L Williams, Director
  • Dr. Jasper 1- Lewis
  • Emily's List
  • Lillian's list
  • William Broadus, CPA, PC
  • NC State AFL-CIO
  • Durham People's Alliance Political Action Committee
  • Raleigh-Wake Citizens' Association


Wood won election as state auditor in the November 2008 election, defeating Republican incumbent Leslie Merritt.[10]

North Carolina Auditor, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth A. Wood 53.6% 2,175,242
     Republican Leslie Merritt Incumbent 46.4% 1,885,229
Total Votes 4,060,471

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wood is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Wood raised a total of $531,784 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[11]

Beth Wood's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina Auditor Won $298,649
2010 North Carolina Auditor Not up for election $125,566
2008 North Carolina Auditor Won $107,569
Grand Total Raised $531,784


Wood won re-election to the position of North Carolina State Auditor in 2012. During that election cycle, Wood raised a total of $298,649.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Beth Wood's donors each year.[12] Click [show] for more information.

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Preceded by
Les Merritt (R)
North Carolina State Auditor
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