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Candidates for State Auditor, Treasurer Debate

The candidates for state auditor and treasurer talked about their backgrounds and professional records Monday evening during their respective debates on Kentucky Education Television.In the Republican primary race for state auditor, state Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Burlington, and Lexington businessman John Kemper kept things civil and stuck to their stump speeches, touting their independence as an asset needed to be auditor.The winner of that contest will face Democratic state auditor candidate Adam Edelen, who is running unopposed in the primary.The Democratic candidates for treasurer, however, were slightly more confrontational during their debate. Challenger Steve Hamrick accused incumbent state Treasurer Todd Hollenbach of mismanagement and being inattentive to his job."About the only person who has had a worse year is Tiger Woods," said Hamrick, a Hopkinsville businessman. "But Todd's had the opportunity to play more golf than Tiger has."Elected in 2007, Hollenbach defended his record, saying that he's run a cost-effective office and only played golf once last year.The winner in that primary will face Republican KC Crosbie, a member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council.