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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.

Claytor is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary and will likely face appointed incumbent Dwayne Sawyer (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014. If he wins, Claytor would be the first Democratic candidate to do so since 1982.[1]


Mike was born in Hartford City, Indiana. After graduating from Blackford High School in 1970, he attended Ball State University for his undergraduate degree.[2] In 1979, he became an Indiana-licensed CPA, and earned his J.D. from Indiana University - Indianapolis School of Law four years later.

Claytor is a 15-year veteran lead examiner at the Indiana State Board of Accounts.[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]Although the majority of his career was spent as a state government employee, Claytor had shifted to the private sector prior to his retirement as a CPA. The shift was also geographical in nature, moving him away from his lifelong home state of Indiana, to Florida, where he worked for the private accounting firm of Crowe Horwath, and where he became a registered voter in 2008. His voter registration being outside of Indiana provided Republican incumbent Dwayne Sawyer with the opportunity to cast Claytor, his presumptive general election opponent, as an outsider. Sawyer pointedly referred to Claytor as a "Floridian" following his entry into the 2014 auditor race.[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)



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.[5]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

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 BMV and other agencies' "overcharging its citizens for routine services and healthcare numbers have been skewed for political purposes.”[3]


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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