Dennis E Williams - "The only candidate with the Experience, Qualifications, Independence, and Commitment to Transparency"
Dennis is the only candidate with the education and experience in accounting and auditing, state government, and operations, technology, and non-profit management.
• Experience in industry, government and non-profit accounting.
• Accounting & Financial Management Degree from UD
• Working accountant - have worked as an auditor, financial controller, and chief financial officer for small, medium, and large organizations for over 30 years.
• Managed a large staff of accounting, finance, and information technology professionals for a large organization (As Controller and Budget Director for Sikorsky Global Helicopter, a $6 billion company. By comparison, Delaware’s State budget is $4.25 billion).
• Experience in auditing and implementing internal controls, necessary to understand the functions and to be effective as an auditor.
• Served as a State Legislator for 3 terms in the Delaware General Assembly
• Served on the Joint Capital Budget Committee. I understand the state budget.
• Finally, and perhaps even most important, the State Auditor must be independent in fact and in appearance to fulfill the duties of the office.
This last item – the need for independence, is critical for the public to have confidence in the integrity of the state’s finances. Dennis is the only candidate who has not sought or accepted endorsements or campaign contributions from Elected Officials or Agency Heads. I will not be compromised. Any candidate who claims that they can accept endorsements, support and money AND be independent after they are elected is not being truthful. Governor Carney has stated that he will not get involved in this race because he is head of the Executive Branch and his branch is audited by the State Auditor and to do so would be a conflict of interest. Accounting professionals have also reached the same conclusion, stating that acceptance of such endorsements or campaign contributions would compromise the candidate’s ability to be independent. Independence is an absolute, unquestionable, unwavering requirement of this office and Dennis is the only candidate who has remained independent in this race.
This is our first real chance to make this office truly work for the people of Delaware.
We as Democrats cannot allow a candidate with no qualifications or experience to represent us in this race.
We as Democrats cannot allow a candidate who worked for and supported the Republican incumbent, someone who has been part of the problem for the past eight years, to represent us in this race.
The office of Auditor of Accounts is unique in our state government. It is a partisan position that requires independence. It requires accounting experience, management experience, leadership experience, and political experience. I am the only candidate that possesses these necessary qualifications.
My experience, education, and background make me uniquely qualified to be Delaware State Auditor.
After graduating from Concord High School I attended the University of Delaware where I received degrees in Accounting and Financial Management. More recently, I earned my Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Engineering.
Over the course of my career I have worked as an accountant, financial controller, and Chief Financial Officer for small, midsize, and large companies like ICI, Atlantic Aviation, and Sikorsky Global Helicopters. I am now the CFO of a non-profit research library and archive.
In 2008 I was elected to the Delaware General Assembly, defeating a 10 year incumbent, and served for six years. As a Representative, I was able to apply my knowledge and experience to my work as a member of the General Assembly’s Joint Capital Infrastructure Budget Committee, helping to maintain and bring new jobs to the state. I fought for more transparency, accountability, and efficiency from state departments that came before that committee and I will bring that fight to the rest of state government.
Speaking out on the Issues
It is critical that our Democratic Statewide elected officials promote the positions and principles of the Democratic Party since we believe that these provide the best path forward for a government to help grow the economy and to raise the revenue needed to provide necessary services to the people of Delaware. While I will be independent from the Governor and General Assembly, I will make recommendations not only from a technical point of view to improve efficiency, but will speak out on matters that would have a positive or negative impact on our state economy or state budget. For example, I strongly spoke out against the proposed Right to Work legislation introduced in Sussex County Council. I oppose weakening the Prevailing Wage. I can talk about these issues from an economic point of view but I also have personal knowledge of these issues. I come from a Union family. My father, uncles, and cousins were in Building Trades unions. I worked as a member of Laborer’s Local 199 during my years at UD. As a lifelong Democrat I will speak out for a progressive economic agenda.
The Job of the Auditor
The State Auditor has a key role in ensuring that your tax dollars are spent in accordance with the budget passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor. The current Republican Auditor has done a marginally acceptable job of this at best. He publicizes his audits every four years as we approach an election, but even those don’t say much. He recently had to acknowledge that in a recent school district audit that he couldn’t figure out how some of our money was spent.
Another key role of the Auditor that the incumbent has ignored completely is to provide recommendations for greater simplicity, accuracy, efficiency, and economy. In other words, how to do things better and for less money. After 28 years in office and no recent business or accounting experience outside of government, the incumbent simply does not have the range of experience necessary to bring a new perspective of best practices in place today to guide these recommendations. This has been the core of my career. I have pushed for improved technology and training to enable employees to perform more efficiently and will bring that experience to the Auditor’s office.
- Eliminate Waste.
- Recommend Best Practices.