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State Auditor Foley says eight years as auditor sets him up to run the most efficient Nebraska

State Auditor Mike Foley says his background and experience makes him best prepared to lead the state in 2015. 

Mike Foley says he's seen the financial inner–workings of the state government during his eight years as State Auditor. 

Foley says he 'dug deep' and 'rattled the cages' of many state operations to make sure taxpayer money was being used properly and efficiently. 

"We need someone that's going to be aggressive in watching out for the best interest of the people that pay the bills - the taxpayers of Nebraska. And that's what I've done for eight years," Foley said.

Foley says he's ready to bring that experience and expertise to the governor's seat, and deliver government to people at a lower cost.

"We’ve never had a governor that’s previously served as State Auditor and when you’re the Auditor, you’re really seeing the financials of the state up close, in detail, and you’re seeing all the inefficiencies," Foley says. "We've got to root out the waste, the fraud, the inefficiencies, drive down the cost of essential government services and do a better job of delivering government to people at a lower cost, hereby lowering taxes." 

Foley says he's also the only Republican gubernatorial candidate that has served on the legislative appropriations committee, the council that writes the state budget every year. 

"Experience really doe matter," Foley says. "We don't have time in Nebraska to train the next Governor. We need somebody that can walk into that office and can hit the ground running from day one, and that's what I believe I am positioned to do with all my years of experience and knowledge, and a track record that I am very proud of."

Foley will be facing off for the Republican bid against Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts, Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, and state Senators Tom Carlson of Holdrege and Beau McCoy of Omaha.

The primary election is Tuesday, May 13th.
Polls will close at 7 p.m. 
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