Democrat Luis Toledo declares candidacy for NC state Auditor

By: - November 3, 2023 2:15 pm
Luis Toledo

Luis Toledo – Photo: LinkedIn

With incumbent Democratic state Auditor Beth Wood bowing out of the 2024 race, Democrat Luis Toledo announced Friday he would seek the office. 

Toledo is a former assistant state auditor who has run before.

He ran for state Auditor in 2020 in the Democratic primary where Wood, the incumbent, defeated him. She was elected to her first term in 2008.

In 2018, Toledo ran in the Democratic primary for an open state Senate seat in Wake County that Wiley Nickel eventually won. 

“I am running for State Auditor because there are a number of high-risk government programs that need attention and I want to lead new and innovative audits that bring value to all North Carolinians,” Toledo said in a statement. “It is also critical that we maintain the credibility of the State Auditor’s office by providing North Carolinians with impartial audit findings, and I am committed to doing that, as I did as Assistant State Auditor.”

Wood pled guilty to a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge earlier this year in connection with a December 2022 crash in a state-owned car. The crash helped spur a wave of interest in the office among Republicans. 

Republicans  who have announced their primary candidacies include  David Boliek, Jack Clark, Charles Dingee, Jim Kee, and AJ Daoud. Boliek is former chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. Clark and Dingee live in Wake County. Kee is a former Greensboro City Council member. Daoud is a former lottery commission member who ran in the 2016 Republican primary for Secretary of State.

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Lynn Bonner
Lynn Bonner

Investigative Reporter Lynn Bonner covers the state legislature and politics, as well as elections, the state budget, public and mental health, safety net programs and issues of racial equality.