"Now, we're paying virtually everyone within 30 [days]," he said during Wednesday's meeting.
Gainer said he is seeking another term in order to oversee the start-up of the state's Enterprise Resource Planning system -- a massive, centralized computer system that will replace more than 100 payroll, payments, human resources, and other computer networks statewide.
The $160 million project will streamline payroll, purchasing and inventory tracking for all state agencies, providing $300 million a year in cost savings over current archaic systems when fully operational, he said.
"Completion of that project is my number one goal. That's why I'm running for re-election," Gainer said.
Faircloth, meanwhile, said that after 24 years in the House of Delegates, including nine years as a member of the Finance Committee, he is well versed on state finances and purchasing.
Faircloth said he is confident he will be able to find additional ways to streamline operations in the Auditor's Office.
"If elected, I will look at all aspects of it, and see if there's a way to reduce the size of programs," he said.
The candidates applauded each other for running positive, "honorable" campaigns.
Faircloth said he has never resorted to attacks in any of his elections.
"My opponent is running his campaign and I'm running mine," he said of the current race.
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