Miranda Joseph ran unopposed as the Democratic nominee for the State Auditor’s seat in the June 5 primary, but now that the primaries are over, the real battle has begun.
Joseph will face incumbent Jim Zeigler in the November 6 general election, giving those who remember déjà vu — the two were opponents in the 2014 general election.
With that in mind, here are the five things you need to know about Miranda Joseph:
1. She is a board certified internal auditor.
Joseph is a certified internal auditor. The certification she received from the the Institute of Internal Auditors means she is competently prepared to communicate and understand the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, and how to apply them in any position.
Her opponent, Zeigler, is not a certified auditor.
2. She has been the democratic nominee for the state auditor’s office in every election since 2010.
Joseph is not new to the election scene, having first begun her run for State Auditor in the 2010 general election. However, she has never prevailed against her opponents in the deep red state. In 2010 Joseph lost her first election to Samantha Shaw. When she ran again in 2014, she faced against Zeigler who also bested her.
But after two lost elections and years spent campaigning, she’s not giving up.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to say, for the first time in Alabama, we actually elected a certified auditor to be the State Auditor of Alabama? Alabama, let’s send a Certified Auditor to Montgomery to do an Auditor’s job,” Joseph told her Facebook followers.
3. She has a B.S. in accounting, an M.B.A. and twelve years of experience in the accounting field.
Joseph earned her Bachelors degree in accounting and M.B.A. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and began her twelve year career in the accounting field; holding positions as a bank teller, staff accountant, tax accountant, and external auditor.
“Just as we sit at our kitchen tables to save and watch our pennies, our government should do the same with our tax dollars,” Joseph’s campaign page reads. “Government should be fair and accountable and I have the experience we need to make sure we have this in Alabama.”
4. She was endorsed by the ‘Republicans for Doug Jones’ group.
5. She’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
The Delta Sigma Theta sorority “a sisterhood called to serve,” was founded in 1913 to give women in the greater Birmingham community a place to serve beside other women.
The sorority focusses it’s efforts on implementing programs in economic and educational development, political awareness and involvement, international awareness and involvement, and physical and mental health.
“From the core of these five areas, we implement programs for youth that increase scholarships, scholastic achievement, leadership skills, and promote high self-esteem,” reads the sorority’s website. “We feed the homeless, support educational awareness at home and abroad, support scientific studies, voter registration and voter education.”