Beth Wood

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Beth Wood
Auditor of North Carolina
Assumed office
January 10, 2009
Governor Bev Perdue
Pat McCrory
Roy Cooper
Preceded by Les Merritt
Personal details
Born (1954-04-22) April 22, 1954 (age 63)
Political party Democratic
Education Wayne Community College
East Carolina University (BA)

Beth Wood (born April 22, 1954) has served as the North Carolina State Auditor since January 10, 2009. She defeated incumbent Republican State Auditor Les Merritt in the 2008 election. She is North Carolina's first female state auditor.

Wood is a certified public accountant and a former training officer at the Office of the State Auditor. Her 2008 run for State Auditor as a Democrat was her first attempt at any elective office. In her 2012 run for re-election, she was endorsed by the News and Observer, whose editors wrote that Wood "has won respect for her leadership of an office that has not shied from criticizing [state] agencies for instances of mismanagement."[1] She was re-elected in November 2012 with more than 53 percent of the vote, over Republican Wake County Board of Education member Debra Goldman.

Wood is a graduate of Wayne Community College and East Carolina University.

She was named one of the "most powerful women in accounting" for 2013 by CPA Practice Advisor.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

North Carolina Auditor Democratic Primary Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Beth Wood 801,308 64.48
Democratic Fred Aikens 441,411 35.52
North Carolina Auditor Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Beth Wood 2,175,242 53.57
Republican Leslie Merritt (inc.) 1,885,229 46.43
North Carolina Auditor Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Beth Wood (inc.) 2,299,541 53.71
Republican Debra Goldman 1,981,539 46.29


  1. ^ Our endorsements for Council of State. News & Observer (November 1, 2012)
  2. ^ CPA Practice Advisor. CPA Practice Advisor (November 5, 2013). Retrieved on 2016-01-22.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Les Merritt
Auditor of North Carolina