Tim Stabosz seeks GOP nomination in run for county auditor

LaPortean Tim Stabosz has announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for La Porte County Auditor at the May 5, 2020 primary.

Stabosz recently completed his second four-year term on the La Porte City Council and was a candidate for La Porte mayor in last year’s Republican primary. During his tenure on the City Council, Stabosz served on the Finance Committee, which is responsible for creating the city budget, as well as on the Planning, Traffic, and Historic Preservation Commissions. Stabosz was also the Council’s liaison to the Redevelopment Commission, a key economic development entity of the city.

A 28-year La Porte County resident, Stabosz graduated from DePaul University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1990, sat for the CPA exam that year, and was then hired by the federal governmentas a financial institution examiner/auditor. It was during this time, Stabosz said in a prepared statement, that he developed a passion for financial analysis and investing, which he says dates back to his first purchase of common stock when he was 10 years old.

He is currently self-employed as a private investor.

“My background in business, finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, and investing is well suited to fulfill the requirements of the auditor position, and I respectfully present my candidacy and credentials to the public on that basis,” Stabosz said. “The auditor’s job is an incredibly important one, as it involves making sure that monies paid out are proper and legitimate claims against the county, as well as ensuring that property tax bills accurately reflect the rates duly authorized by units of local government.

“In this sense, the auditor is both a protector of public assets and a watchdog for taxpayers. I believe my background, analytical skills, sense of purpose and resolve, adherence to principle, and reputation for honesty and integrity well qualify me for this position, and it would be a great honor to be bestowed this solemn responsibility by the electorate,” he said.

Stabosz noted that, as a self-made business and financial professional, he has published a number of “top idea” articles on the financial website Seeking Alpha, has waged public accountability campaigns against excessive executive pay in companies in which he was an owner, and possesses a dynamic history of small business entrepreneurship.

He has also served as the treasurer of various charities over the years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the nationwide non-profit Parents Television Council. In addition, he currently serves as Vice President of the La Porte-based People Engaged in Preservation and over the years has served as Chair or Co-Chair of that non-profit’s renowned Christmas Candlelight Tour.

“The truth is, public service is in my blood,” Stabosz said. “People like Ken Layton and Sherry Waters, or the late Teresa Ludlow and Teresa Shuter, are my examples, towering figures who I seek to emulate, public servants and dedicated professionals through-and-through. I have been very fortunate in my own life, economically, and being grateful for all that I have, I seek to give back. I can think of no better way to serve my community than this, in an area in which I am exceptionally well qualified by background, experience, and temperament. I assure the public that, if elected, I will do everything I can to protect public assets, build public trust and confidence in county government, and provide assurance that the ‘store’ is being properly minded.”

7 Responses to “Tim Stabosz seeks GOP nomination in run for county auditor”

  1. Lynn Lisarelli

    Feb 10. 2020

    Oh, Tim, for heaven’s sake, can’t you just accept your last defeat and go quietly away?

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  2. John

    Feb 11. 2020

    Cripes, Tim, have you forgotten how trounced you were in the last Mayoral election? You got only 354 votes. Most people don’t want you in anything higher than your council position. You say public service is in your blood, but you don’t pay attention to the defeats you keep being handed, so you learn nothing. And a lot of people haven’t forgotten your brush with the law awhile back and how Mayor Blair demanded your resignation but you refused to give it. That incident has stuck in a lot of people’s minds, and it colors every other position you attempt.

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    • Chris Smith

      Feb 14. 2020

      Tim was a councilman years ago, and a good one. We had a complaint against the city. Even though he wasn’t our councilman, Tim actually did something about it. Meanwhile, our friend, the mayor, sat in her office and did nothing. Our own council person was also unreachable.
      Ever since he ran for the at-large seat, Tim has seen one defeat after another, and I cannot understand why. Maybe he is simply like George Bush (senior): highly qualified, but unlucky in elections. Too bad – – he would have been a good mayor and is highly qualified to be county auditor.

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    • Chris Smith

      Feb 14. 2020

      Hmmm. The so-called “brush with the law” was a seatbelt violation and forgetting to use his turn signal. The LP City Council voted on it and denied Mayor Blair’s request to remove Tim from Historic Preservation.

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  3. Simon

    Feb 11. 2020

    I remember when this guy lost about 10 years ago in an at large council race, and he had the gall to call the electorate “stupid”. He came to our great city, insulted people and pretended to be nice to people. Then tried hijacking the historic preservation commission and tried to exert his influence by talking “big” and of course, it always costs someone. Not me. Never. I’ll vote for mickey mouse before I vote for him again.

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  4. Joe

    Feb 12. 2020

    Hey, man, you don’t seem to be making any warm fuzzies with people anymore. You need to just face up to the fact that you’re not highly regarded and definitely not wanted. You come to our town from elsewhere, alienate us with your big words, flout our police, disregard our Mayor, and then expect us to sweep you into a seat somewhere. Ain’t gonna happen, buddy.

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  5. Jim

    Feb 14. 2020

    Chris Smith: You’re not completely right. There also ensued a chase by the cops with their lights flashing for quite a distance as Tim wouldn’t stop or pull over.

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