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State Representative Allen Icet, the republican chair of the House Budget Committee, has announced his candidacy for State Auditor in 2010.

Via Twitter:

In case you haven’t heard I have announced for State Auditor in 2010. Go to http://bit.ly/fKtbd to read the details. #MOAUDITOR about 1 hour ago from web

That link? It goes to his press release on the Pelopidas web site. Pelopidas? Where have we seen that before?:

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The Allen Icet press release:

House Budget Chairman, Allen Icet, Announces Bid For Missouri State Auditor

(St. Louis, MO) State Representative Allen Icet (R-Wildwood), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, announced today his intention to run for Missouri State Auditor.

“After serious consideration with my family and trusted friends, it is my intention to seek the office of State Auditor in 2010,” Icet announced. “The Auditor is the top taxpayer advocate and watchdog in the state, responsible for rooting out waste, fraud and abuse of our tax dollars.”

Icet has served on the powerful House Budget Committee since he was first elected to the state legislature in 2002. In 2005, Icet became Chairman of the House Budget Committee after serving one year as Vice-Chair. Icet has become well-known for his staunch defense of taxpayer dollars.

“Over the past four years as House Budget Chair I’ve worked to bring prudent fiscal management to the state’s budget,” explained Icet. “As Missouri’s next state Auditor, I will use that experience to continue protecting taxpayers by fighting for accountability and transparency in state spending.”

Under Icet’s leadership Missouri enjoyed unprecedented budget surpluses by focusing on fiscal restraint and accountability while continuing to meet critical healthcare needs, improve transportation and increasing education funding without a single tax increase.  Representative Icet said, “We forced state government to live within its means just as every Missouri family must do.  That effort put Missouri in better fiscal shape than almost any other state in the nation.”

Icet believes his campaign will be an effort behind which all Missouri Republicans can unite.

“There has been much discussion within our party about the need to stand united for the 2010 election. In accepting the Spirit of Enterprise Award last Thursday night, former U.S. Senator and U.N. Ambassador John Danforth called on Missouri Republicans to stand together. I hope my candidacy will provide the entire Missouri GOP a campaign that we can all get excited about,” concluded Icet.

Icet received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Texas A&M University in Civil Engineering and obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from Washington University (St. Louis). Allen Icet and his wife, Carol, reside in Wildwood, MO. They have four children.

June 15, 2009                                                                      

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Our friends at Fired Up have all kinds of details about Allen Icet’s recent tenure as budget chair in the Missouri House:

Icet running for State Auditor

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