Arkansas Auditor of State Charlie Daniels Will Not Seek Re-election

Arkansas Auditor of State Charlie Daniels Will Not Seek Re-election

Long-serving state official's term expires in 2014.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - State Auditor Charlie Daniels says he will not seek re-election when his term expires in 2014.

Daniels, a Democrat from Bryant, was elected Auditor of State in 2010 with 70-percent of the vote, and is currently serving in his first term. 

Under Arkansas’ constitution Daniels is eligible for a second four-year term, but says after nearly four decades of public service, he is ready to retire.

Daniels will turn 74 in December.

He issued the following statement today:

“After a good deal of consideration and discussion with my family and staff, I have decided not to seek re-election as Auditor of State next year. I am grateful to the voters of the State of Arkansas for giving me the opportunity to serve for all these years, first as Commissioner of State Lands, then as Secretary of State, and now as Auditor. I have always been keenly aware of the enormous responsibility that comes with serving in an elected capacity, and I am humbled by the trust and confidence voters have shown me since I ran for my first statewide elected office in 1984.

I love this state, and its people. I have called Arkansas home my whole life. I raised my family here, and came to a job every day where I was able to make our state government work better for the people we serve. I am proud of the accomplishments we have made along the way.

In every office where I have served, I have been guided by the principles that I believe are most important in public service; embracing change as an opportunity for improvement, using technology to make government more efficient, preserving our state’s historical and natural resources, and committing to the highest quality of customer service. As one of the small number of people in history to hold multiple constitutional offices, I have worked hard to improve every one, with the goal of leaving a solid foundation on which future generations can build.

When I was elected Auditor, I wanted to bring the office online and upgrade the technology we use to become faster and more efficient in everything we do. We have made great strides in this first term, and I feel very good about the shape the office will be in for my successor.

Again, I want to express my gratitude to the people of Arkansas for allowing me to serve you, as I will continue to do until my term is up at the end of next year. I also want to say “thank you” to the hundreds of individuals who have worked for me over the years. I have always believed that success begins with having good people around you, and I would not be here without the loyal and capable service of my staff.

Finally, I owe thanks to my family for having supported me in my public service career. I have two children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, and I am looking forward to spending more time with them in my retirement. I will always have very fond memories of my life in public service, but I am also greatly looking forward to this next chapter of my life.”

Charlie Daniels, Auditor of State

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