Incumbent Laura Doud fends off challenger in race for city auditor

Longtime City Auditor Laura Doud appeared to be heading into victory over challenger Dan Miles, with roughly 62% of the vote compared to Miles with 38%.

Doud, who was first elected in 2006, is one of just a handful of independently elected city auditors in California. A Long Beach native, she is running for a fifth term.

Miles is also a Long Beach native who has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 35 years.

In a statement late Tuesday, Doud said she’s honored to continue to serve as city auditor.

“I have never taken that honor for granted nor will I ever,” she said. “This campaign has given me the chance to hear directly from so many residents and has energized me to continue our efforts to work hard and ensure our city is the best it can be.”

Doud has seen waves in career over the past year. Last year, she broke ranks with most city officials when she released an audit that was critical of the city’s oversight of $23 million in critical repair projects for the Queen Mary ocean liner.

In the audit, Doud listed a number of issues with Queen Mary construction and said the projects lacked a competitive bidding process and that subcontractors were not required to provide detailed invoices for the scope of work.

In March, Doud herself was accused of failing to properly oversee two of her own contracts with outside vendors. A city investigation ultimately found that Doud’s contracts lacked details on the scope of work and that she disregarded city policies.

Doud in a public statement said she was wrongfully accused by a whistleblower, but that she would implement city policies moving forward.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with a quote from Doud on election night. It was updated Wednesday morning with the latest vote totals. 

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].