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Auditor Candidate Zeigler Speaks in DeKalb County

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Auditor candidate Jim Zeigler (R) campaigned in DeKalb County last week with appearances in Fort Payne and Mentone.

Zeigler spoke Saturday to the DeKalb Republican Breakfast at the popular Fort Payne Western Sizzlin.  Zeigler told the crowd of about 100 that state government has “wasteful spending, unconstitutional spending, duplication, mismanagement, unauthorized spending and low priority spending.”

Zeigler promised that if elected he will serve as a monitor of spending in Montgomery.  “There would be enough money for the employee pay raise and to fully fund our state prison system if we cut out unnecessary spending,” Zeigler said.

Zeigler said, “I am applying for the open job of State Auditor.  You, the voters, are the employer and I am the job applicant.  I hope you will read my job application.”

Current state Auditor Samantha Shaw is not running for re-election.

Zeigler says that he is running “to turn the State Auditor into an effective monitor of how our tax dollars are used in Montgomery.”

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Zeigler told the DeKalb County group, “I have always wanted to stay in the Mentone Springs Hotel, but I waited too long. (It burned to the ground last month.)  I did stay in a wonderful and historic place that gave a taste of old DeKalb County – the Mentone Inn.”  “I stood on Lookout Mountain and experienced a romantical sunset dropping behind Sand Mountain. There is a group of Mentone regulars who go to Brow Park and watch the sunset Friday evenings.  I was right in the middle of them.”

Jim Zeigler is a former Public Service Commissioner and now works as an elder care attorney working with seniors and Veterans across the state to protect their savings and homes from being taken by the government if they have to go into a nursing home.

Zeigler said, “I hope you will read my job application.  It is online at”

Zeigler is a conservative blogger for the Christian Coalition of Alabama and  Jim ran for State Auditor in 2002. He led the four candidates in the Republican primary, but lost in the runoff to eventual winner Beth Chapman.

Zeigler served on the Alabama Public Service Commission just after graduating from the University of Alabama. Zeigler has lost close races for PSC president, Alabama Supreme Court Justice, state treasurer and state Court of Civil Appeals.

Zeigler has run so many close races that he joke that his nickname is, “Mr. 49 Percent.”

Zeigler recently was elected as a statewide delegate to the Republican National Convention. Zeigler has been endorsed by the Alabama Republican Assembly.

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The Republican Primary is June 3 and there is a crowded Republican field.

The eventual Republican winner will face Democrat Miranda Karrine Joseph in the November election.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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