John Hutzler, County Auditor – Candidate Interview

By Alison Ford, WCD Communications Team volunteer

WCD: What inspired you to run for local office?

JH: I’m running for a 4th term and have been an auditor for over 25 years now.  I’ve worked for the city of Portland, Multnomah County, Kaiser, and state agencies.  When I first ran, I wanted to bring my auditor skills to benefit my home county.  So my primary motivation for running, is that I want to continue to ensure that county residents receive effective and efficient services from their county government.

WCD: How do your values and those of the Democratic party align?

JH: I’m progressive on most issues.  I support women’s right to choose, equity in government services, healthcare for all, affordable housing programs, investment in social services and mental health programs to reduce incarceration, and efforts to address climate change.  The office of county auditor is not a policy making position.  We ensure government programs achieve their stated purpose and do that economically, efficiency, and in compliance with requirements of laws and regulations of programs.  Also, ensuring that county effectively implements policies adopted by the board.  It is now a majority democratic board, and the county auditor holds administration accountable for implementing those policies.

WCD: If you are elected, what is the one specific project or goal you most want to accomplish?

JH: Next term, I plan to support the county’s equity initiative, and do what I can to hold county administration accountable for effectively implementing that policy of the board.  Particularly in the area of affordable housing, and to support those in need of housing.

WCD: What do you feel is the most important responsibility of the position you are running for (auditor)?

JH: Essentially to hold county government accountable to the public, for county programs and services.  To examine county programs and services to determine if they are achieving their purpose, doing so through efficient use of tax dollars. Satisfying compliances requirements of laws or regulations of programs and make recommendations for how programs could be improved.

Learn more about John Hutzler, Candidate for County Auditor, at his campaign website.