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Transparency big issue in district attorney race

  // Friday, 22 August 2014 21:14 //

The race to replace 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed, whose campaign spending and other activities have been under media klieg lights for months, has candidates working to burnish their good-government bona fides. Alan Black, a Slidell lawyer and one of five candidates to qualify this week, announced Thursday that he has hired Dan Kyle, a former state legislative auditor, to serve as senior adviser to his campaign.

“Dr. Kyle will provide me with expert advice both before and after election day so that I can provide the taxpayers with the absolute highest levels of transparency and accountability in the District Attorney’s Office,” Black said in a prepared statement.

Black said voters in St. Tammany and Washington parishes have been voicing concerns about “the various scandals in government and their desire to see integrity as a focus of each public servant.”

The release touts Kyle’s 13 years as legislative auditor, noting that, during his tenure, more than 200 public officials were “caught and held accountable for using public money inappropriately or stealing from the government.

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