GOP Treasurer candidates debate on WDEL

By Tom Lehman 3:12am, August 14, 2014 - Updated 3:14am, August 14, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.
The Republican candidates for state treasurer laid out their priorities Wednesday night during a feisty debate that saw both opponents lay criticism at each other more than the incumbent Democrat.

Tom Lehman reports...

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Former Lieutenant Governor candidate Sher Valenzuela (R) argued the role of the treasurer is to pay the state's bills.

Valenzuela, who called Democratic State Treasurer Chip Flowers "a joke," said she'd use her influence to affect policy, if elected to the office.

"One of the ways that we can do it is to be more of an advocate for taxpayers in a very real way, following the best practices of other states across the country," she said.

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Ken Simpler, the Chief Financial Officer of Seaboard Hotels, said his experience in the financial sector makes him a better fit for the job than Valenzuela and either of the Democratic candidates.

"I don't think we need another treasurer who's going to advocate and talk. I think we need a CFO who's going to act," he said.

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Simpler and Valenzuela are competing in the Republican primary for state treasurer on Sept. 9.

The winner will face Flowers or Democratic challenger Sean Barney in November's general election.

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