Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball Announces Run for Auditor
LEXINGTON, KY – Today, Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball formally announced her candidacy for Kentucky State Auditor. The announcement was made in an interview for Bill Bryant’s Kentucky Newsmakers. Separate announcements were made on Facebook, Twitter and the campaign website. The news comes as Ball nears the end of her second term as the 38th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The current Auditor of Public Accounts, Mike Harmon, is not seeking another term.
“As State Treasurer, I’ve delivered on my promise to serve as a watchdog of taxpayer dollars,” said Ball. “I have ensured taxpayer dollars are protected and stopped unconstitutional spending and cyber fraud. I will maintain this same watchdog mentality as Kentucky State Auditor.”
“I have been committed to getting Kentucky's financial house in order. As Treasurer, I made the impossible happen – we’ve created new programs to benefit Kentuckians at no additional cost to our taxpayers. Financial stability is key to maintaining a healthy economy. That is why, with the support of our communities, I’m ready to use my best practices in the Kentucky Auditor’s office.”
As Treasurer, Ball has thwarted millions of dollars in fraud attempts and stopped unconstitutional spending. Under her leadership, the Treasury has returned a record $142 million in unclaimed property to Kentuckians. A historic achievement, Ball has returned more property in a single term than any State Treasurer in Kentucky history. Ball is also responsible for launching Kentucky's new transparency website showing how state government spends its money.
Ball has been a national leader for improved financial literacy. Under her guidance, new and improved programs have been established to empower Kentuckians with the tools to understand and improve their quality of life. Ball established a savings and investment program for Kentuckians with disabilities called STABLE Kentucky. She also established the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Database and the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission to equip school-age children with good financial habits.
Treasurer Ball received the most votes of anyone on the ballot in both her 2015 and 2019 elections and she was the first Republican elected to a second term as State Treasurer. She holds a record as one of the United States’ youngest statewide officials and is also the first Kentucky Constitutional Officer to give birth while in public office (and the first person to do it twice). Ball is an Eastern Kentucky native, former prosecutor, and bankruptcy attorney. She is a working mother of two and married to Dr. Asa James Swan.
In anticipation of the 2023 race for Kentucky Auditor, regional campaign kick-off events will be held throughout the Commonwealth.