DECORAH — Former Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand on Monday announced his campaign for state auditor. He made his announcement in his hometown of Decorah.

For the last decade, Sand has worked in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office prosecuting public corruption and major financial crime. Most recently, he led the nationwide lottery-fixing investigation that uncovered seven fixed lottery tickets across five states with total face values of $25 million.

He was born and raised in Decorah, went to Brown University and the University of Iowa Law School.

He said he wants to run as state auditor because Iowa needs a leader who will include law enforcement professionals in the investigation.

“The law demands the State Auditor serve as the taxpayers’ watchdog, making recommendations to cities, counties and state bodies to improve efficiency. The current auditor does not do that important work even though it is right there in the job description,” he said in prepared remarks.

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