Michael Claytor

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Michael Claytor
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Candidate for
Indiana Auditor of State
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBlackford High School (1970)
Bachelor'sBall State University (1974)
J.D.Indiana University (1983)
OtherCPA (1979)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Place of birthHartford City, Indiana
ProfessionRetired CPA
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Michael Claytor is running as a Democratic candidate for Indiana Auditor of State in the 2014 election.[1] He declared his candidacy for the statewide office on September 12, 2013.


Mike was born in Hartford City, Indiana. After graduating from Blackford High School in 1970, he attended Ball State University, where he graduated with a degree in accounting.[2]

In 1979, he became an Indiana-licensed CPA. He earned his J.D. from Indiana University - Indianapolis School of Law four years later.[2]

Claytor has 40 years of experience in government finance. From 1974 to 1989 he served as an examiner at the Indiana State Board of Accounts, where he was appointed Deputy State Examiner by Governor Bob Orr.[3] According to his introduction YouTube video, Claytor's tenure with the State Board of Accounts was dedicated in large part to fighting white collar crime and corruption.[4]Following his career as a state government employee, Claytor joined Crowe Horwath (formerly Crowe Chisek), a top-ten CPA firm. In 1992, he became partner at the firm and spent the next two decades helping local units of government research economic development incentives. During his last five years with the firm he was moved to Florida, where he registered to vote in 2008. Although Claytor has spent 56 out of his 61 years living in Indiana, former State Auditor and Republican State Chairman Tim Berry cast Claytor as an outsider, welcoming Claytor as a "Floridian" following his entry into the 2014 auditor race. Claytor returned to Indiana when he retired in 2012 and re-registered to vote in Indiana.[3]


  • Blackford High School (1970)
  • Bachelor's degree - Ball State University (1974)
  • C.P.A. License (1979)
  • Juris Doctorate - Indiana University's Indianapolis School of Law (1983)


Campaign themes


Upon launching his campaign for auditor in 2014, Claytor stated his campaign platform would be restoring transparency and accountability to state government. He specifically cited the need to address the accounting blunders that led to the state misplacing over half a billion dollars, and making financial transactions more transparent to the voters.[5]

"Hi, my name is Mike Claytor" - Released September 2013



See also: Indiana down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Claytor is running for election to the Indiana Auditor of State. Claytor is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary.[6]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Claytor married his wife, Debbie Winchester, in 1977. They have three children together: William, Joshua and Whitney. The family currently resides in Carmel, Indiana.[2]

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