State Auditor Candidate Diana DiZoglio Details ‘Social Justice and Equity’ Plan

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By Katie Lannan
State House News Service

If elected auditor, state Senator Diana DiZoglio said Thursday that some of her early actions would include analyzing state spending with minority-owned businesses and reviewing diversity and inclusion in agency contracting.

Accompanied by state senators Adam Gomez, Lydia Edwards, and Julian Cyr for a virtual press conference, the Methuen Democrat rolled out what she called her “social justice and equity audit plan” as she pledged to “be an auditor who opens state government to everyone and shifts the balance of power back to the working people.”

“Massachusetts government is great at making progressive promises, but too often it fails to actually live up to those ideals,” DiZoglio said. 

DiZoglio said her plan also involves reporting on “the equitable implementation of legalized cannabis” and the implementation of implicit-bias training for police, along with examining how state agencies act on recommendations from groups like the LGBTQ Youth Commission and Asian American Commission.

“We don’t have to choose just one or just three or just five,” she said, noting that the auditor’s office staff could work on multiple reports simultaneously.

DiZoglio, 38, and fellow Democrat Chris Dempsey, 39. are vying for their party’s nomination to succeed the current state auditor, Suzanne Bump, who said in May 2021 that she would not seek another term after more than 20 years in various roles on Beacon Hill.

Praising DiZoglio‘s work ethic, Cyr said the candidate would “make sure the commonwealth is living up to our obligations and that we are not only putting our money but our money and our programs and our policies where our mouth is.” 


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