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The long-time incumbent, A. Joseph DeNucci, is retiring, and the open seat has drawn three prospective candidates: Republican Mary Z. Connaughton, an accountant and former Turnpike Authority board member; Democrat Suzanne Bump, a former state lawmaker and labor secretary in the Patrick administration, and Green-Rainbow candidate Nathanael Fortune, an associate professor of physics at Smith College in Northampton. The term is four years.

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Bump, Connaughton vie for auditor’s post

For the first time in nearly a quarter century, voters next week will elect a new state auditor — quite possibly the most obscure of statewide offices. But perhaps it should come as no surprise that a lively contest is underway for the post. (By Stephanie Ebbert, 10/24/10)

Auditor candidate faced harsh review

With her training as a certified public accountant and her years as chief financial officer of the state lottery, Republican Mary Z. Connaughton says she is the only candidate qualified to be the next state auditor. (By Andrea Estes, 10/22/10)

Mass. campaign disclosure improving

Statewide candidates this year have shown vast improvement in reporting the occupation and employment information of their major contributors, with most providing the information for 90 percent or more of their donors. (By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Stefanie Geisler, andWalter V. Robinson, 10/12/10)

Boston assessors revoke tax break on Bump condominium

Boston officials determined yesterday that Suzanne M. Bump, the Democratic candidate for state auditor, was not entitled to four years of tax breaks she received by reporting her South Boston condominium as her principal residence and accepted the $5,875.05 repayment she made Thursday after the discrepancy came to light. (By Peter Schworm, 10/8/10)

Bump requests review of tax break

Suzanne M. Bump, the Democratic candidate for state auditor who has been receiving property tax breaks for homes in both Boston and Great Barrington, asked the Boston Assessing Department yesterday to review her eligibility for the Boston tax exemption she has received for more than four years. (By Walter V. Robinson, 10/7/10)

Auditor candidate claimed two property tax exemptions

Suzanne M. Bump, the Democratic nominee for state auditor, considers the Berkshire town of Great Barrington her home. She and her husband vote and register their cars there. It is the address she lists on the Nov. 2 ballot. (By Stefanie Geisler and Walter V. Robinson, 10/6/10)

Connaughton would push Beacon Hill audits right away

Republican candidate Mary Connaughton promised yesterday that her first action as state auditor, if elected, will be to file legislation subjecting the House and Senate to a full financial audit that would throw the curtain back on a branch of government currently protected from such scrutiny. (Boston Globe, 10/5/10)

Connaughton backs off opposition to ballot question

Republican auditor candidate Mary Z. Connaughton, in a televised debate last night, appeared to back off her earlier opposition to a controversial ballot initiative that would slash the state’s sales tax, saying she was undecided about the measure. (By Alan Wirzbicki, 9/28/10)

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