By KEVIN LANDRIGAN October 03. 2018 11:42PM A small universe of elected officials will select the Secretary of State for the next two years, but the campaign has become very public and increasingly bitter.Challenger and former executive councilor Colin Van Ostern fired the latest volley with an op-ed column on Sept. 22, which accused longtime Secretary of State Bill Gardner of not being transparent enough in how his office does business.“With no legislative financial audit in more than 11 years and a payroll that grew to more than 100 people in the last decade, New Hampshire’s Secretary of State has traditionally resisted accountability to legislators and the public,” Van Ostern wrote pledging to pursue financial and performance audits of that agency if he’s elected with follow-up report audits done every four years.The 424 legislators elected in November will elect both the state treasurer and Secretary of State on Dec. 6.“Even our state’s constitutional offices must be accountable to the people. No one is above accountability, and it’s time for a Secretary of State who welcomes it,” Van Ostern concluded.Less than two weeks later, Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan shot back with his own commentary defending Gardner’s record.“Colin Van Ostern… Read full this story
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