Democrat Rob Sand unseats Republican Mary Mosiman for Iowa state auditor


Lily Smith

Iowa State Auditor-elect Rob Sand speaks to supporters during the statewide Democratic candidates’ watch party at Embassy Suites in Des Moines on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Aadit Tambe, News Reporter

Among a host of Republican election winners, Democrat Rob Sand won Iowa State Auditor after a heavily funded campaign Tuesday night.

Sand out-raised Republican incumbent Mary Mosiman in the race. According to unofficial results, Sand got 51.07 percent of votes, while Mosiman won 46.33 percent of the votes.

The state auditors’ offices play a key role in managing taxpayers’ funds.

Sand served as Assistant Attorney General in September 2010. A Des Moines native, Sand, 36, is a public prosecutor. He has earned a degree in law from the University of Iowa in 2010. His first job was catching chickens.

He is known to have prosecuted more public corruption in Iowa than anyone else in the recent years. Sand ran an investigation that uncovered a major lottery rigging scheme.

Sand likes to hunt, fish, and bike. He is married, with two young sons. 

Former Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Mosiman to the position in 2013 to fill a vacancy. In 2014, she became the first woman elected to the office in Iowa, leading her opponent by 13 percentage points.

Mosiman, 56, has touted her qualifications as the only certified public accountant in the race as a core component of her campaign.