Adam Edelen

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Adam Edelen
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Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts
Incumbent
In office
January 2, 2012-Present
Term ends
2016
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCrit Luallen (D)
Compensation
Base salary$113,615
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky College of Agriculture
Personal
BirthdayNovember 26, 1974
Place of birthMeade County, Kentucky
ProfessionBusiness Management Consultant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Adam Edelen is the 46th and current Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. A Democrat, he first won election on November 8, 2011 and was sworn-in on January 2, 2012.[1][2]

Biography

Edelen was a self-employed business management consultant when he was elected as Auditor in 2011. He previously worked in the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and served as Chief of Staff to Gov. Steve Beshear. In the private sector he worked as a senior executive with both Commerce Lexington and Thomas & King.[3]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in agriculture, University of Kentucky

Political career

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts (2012-present)

Edelen sworn-in on January 2, 2012 as the 46th Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. He has served in the position since.

Kentucky Governor's Chief of Staff (2008-2010)

Edelen served as Chief of Staff to Gov. Steve Beshear (D) from 2008-2010.[4]

Elections

2011

See also: Kentucky down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Edelen ran unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. He defeated Republican John T. Kemper III in the general election on November 8.[5]

Kentucky Auditor, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Edelen 55.8% 440,345
     Republican John T. Kemper III 44.2% 349,366
     Independent Kim C. Hay 0% 75
Total Votes 789,786



Adam Edelen campaign ad

Issues

On his campaign website Edelen listed three main issues he is concerned about:[6]

  • Accountability
Excerpt: "Adam will use his business experience and bottom-line focus to fight corruption at all levels. In short, Adam will hold government more accountable to the taxpayers who foot the bill."
  • Common Sense:
Excerpt: "From an outdated and inefficient tax code to an unfunded pension obligation that threatens to bankrupt the state, too much of what has come out of Frankfort simply defies common sense."
  • Transparency:
Excerpt: "Adam believes that every government agency and every public-private organization that accepts tax dollars owes the people of Kentucky the highest level of transparency — after all, those who pay the bills have a right to see the checkbook.Adam will be the kind of courageous auditor we need watching our backs, protecting our pocketbooks, and making sure we get the honest, lean and effective government we deserve."

Endorsements

  • The Courier-Journal[7]

Campaign donors

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Political offices
Preceded by
Crit Luallen (D)
Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts
2012–present
Succeeded by
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