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Chief Financial Officer: Jeff Atwater (R) / Loranne Ausley (D)

Jeff Atwater (D)

Community Banker | Age: 52 | Married | Family: Wife, Carole, Four Children | Currently resides in North Palm Beach, FL | Birthplace: St. Louis, MO | Education/Degrees: University of Florida, B.A., Finance, 1981 University of Florida, M.B.A., 2002 | Community Involvement: I have been an active member of my community, having served on several advisory boards, such as: Children's Home Society, Board Member; UnitedWay of Palm Beach County, Trustee; Palm Beach Gardens High School, Advisory Board; Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Advisory Board; Northern Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce, Director; Take Stock in Children, Mentor
PO Box 14366, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Campaign Phone: (850) 297-2802

www.jeffatwater.com
jeff@jeffatwater.com

What changes, if any, would you make in Florida’s investment policies?
Increase transparency and accountability in all state investment decisions—Seek the counsel of the most accomplished and credentialed financial professionals—Implement the highest standards for protection of all taxpayer assets.

What is your long-term economic vision for Florida?
Diversify Florida’s economic base—Encourage economic development in clean industry, including green energy, bio-science, and high-tech—Champion the hard work of entrepreneurs and small business owners by reducing unneeded regulatory barriers to create jobs.

What changes, if any, would you propose to make affecting property insurance coverage?
Ensure financial solvency and stability to protect consumers—Promote a broader property insurance marketplace with more competition to increase choice for consumers and lower premiums—Move toward increasing the private market's role and reducing Citizens’ market share. Would you seek to reinstate more frequent and comprehensive government audits?
Increase standards for contract review and agency purchasing— Bring a standardized accounting system for financial compliance to increase oversight —Enforce the highest standards of accountability and transparency to protect Florida taxpayers.

What consumer protection initiatives related to financial services would you propose, if any?
Continue to increase consumer protection, like the Medicaid Strike Force, to combat fraud—Provide consumer information alerts to educate the public & increase awareness to prevent crime and fraud—Improve post-disaster oversight to safeguard tax dollars, reduce price gouging & protect consumers.

What changes, if any, would you make in the present organizational structure as it relates to fraud investigation, financial regulation and financial integrity?
Establish a broad anti-fraud Strike Force targeting Medicaid fraud, automobile insurance fraud, and financial services fraud—Improve contract management that ensures tax dollars are deployed effectively through a fair, competitive, and cost-effective process.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of Florida’s citizens?
Return our state to the forefront of economic opportunity— Implement policies that foster the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals & business owners—Establish the highest standards of professional conduct to ensure every tax dollar is deployed wisely— Reduce burdens on small business owners.
Loranne Ausley (D)

Attorney and Chair of Florida Healthy Kids Corporation | Age: 46 | Married | Family: Bill Hollimon - husband, Will Hollimon - son, John Hollimon – stepson | Currently resides in Tallahassee, FL | Birthplace: Tallahassee, FL | Education/Degrees: J.D., Washington & Lee - 1990 B.A., Economics Randolph-MaconWoman's College - 1985 | Community Involvement: Chair of Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, Chair ofWhole Child Leon (Board Member), American Cancer Society (present Board Member), Big Bend Jobs and Education Council (present Liaison), Florida Association of Counties and Florida League of Cities (present Board Member), Leadership Tallahassee (present Founding Member), Red Hills Triathlon (present Board Member), Tallahassee Civic Chorale (present Board Member), Tallahassee Urban League (present Board Member),Women for Growth (present Class XX), Leadership Florida Law Council, Washington & Lee University
P.O. Box 10083, Tallahassee, FL 32302
Campaign Phone: (850) 222-0007
www.AusleyforCFO.com
Loranne@ausleyforcfo.com

What changes, if any, would you make in Florida’s investment policies?
I will push to ensure that Florida’s pensions and investments continue to be fully funded, consistently invested with the principles of safety and liquidity, and transparent and accountable. I will endorse legislation to expand the SBA Board of Trustees to include people with financial experience.

What is your long-term economic vision for Florida?
Florida must create an environment of innovation to diversify its economy and create jobs. This starts with investment in education from preschool through higher education.We will only be able to make these investments if we hold legislators accountable and end pay-to-play politics.

What changes, if any, would you propose to make affecting property insurance coverage?
Legislative changes have not stabilized the insurance market or reduced rates. Citizens is the state’s largest insurance company and the CAT Fund faces a funding shortfall. I will advocate for lower rates through a stable regulatory environment and reduce taxpayer exposure for Citizens and the CAT.

Would you seek to reinstate more frequent and comprehensive government audits?
Yes. Florida taxpayers deserve more accountability and more transparency. Frequent and comprehensive audits of any program funded by taxpayers is a necessity.

What consumer protection initiatives related to financial services would you propose, if any?
Consumers deserve protection, especially from predatory lenders. I will work with the Insurance Consumer advocate to push for more consumer protections from lenders that take advantage of our seniors and struggling homeowners.

What changes, if any, would you make in the present organizational structure as it relates to fraud investigation, financial regulation and financial integrity?
I will lead a Medicaid Fraud Strike Force that will ensure our health care resources go into improving quality coverage rather than waste and fraud. I will work to improve preventive controls, increase detection and monitoring efforts, and increase investigations and prosecutions.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of Florida’s citizens?
I’m running for CFO because Floridians need a fighter to clean up the mess Tallahassee. I’ve been a fighter my whole life —as a lawyer, as a legislator, and as an advocate for everyday Floridians. And now I’m going to take that same fight to the office of Chief Financial Officer.
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