BOSTON (WWLP) – State Auditor Suzanne Bump wants to run for re-election, despite plans to take over her late husband’s private businesses.
A Boston Globe article raised questions about whether Bump can carry out her duties as the state auditor, while also owning two for-profit companies based out of Quincy.
The state auditor is elected to four year terms, and is responsible for weeding-out wasteful spending, fraud and abuse in state government.
The companies Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. and Map Test were both owned by Bump’s husband who died in September of cancer. Bump plans to take over the two businesses, while also carrying out the work of the State Auditor.
She sent 22 News this statement that reads in part:
“I am now owner and sole director of both entities, but will have no role in the day to day operations of either company… Given the private sector nature of the business, it raises no known conflicts of interest for me as an elected official.”
The Democrat will be up for re-election in 2018. She said she plans to notify the State Ethics Commission about her ownership interest.