Six of seven Summit County elected office holders run for re-election
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Seven elected positions are up for grabs in Summit County government this year, and all incumbents but one are running for re-election.
Democratic State Sen. Dan Gibbs has announced he’s running for the seat Summit County Commissioner Bob French is vacating.
Sheriff John Minor, a Republican who has served since 2004, announced this week he will run to maintain his seat.
“We’ve got some unfinished stuff here, and I think it’s easy to lead when you have money – and right now we don’t have any,” Minor said.
He said he aims to revise his department’s policies and procedures and find more evidence storage space, as well as improve enforcement in the backcountry.
“Trying to do all these things with absolutely no money – that’s the challenge,” Minor said. “I still love this job. As crazy and insane as it is, I still love it.”
Treasurer and Public Trustee Bill Wallace, a Democrat, also plans to run for re-election seeking his second four-year term, .
He said he enjoys the variety of work, which includes tax collection as well as working with lenders and homeowners.
“It’s sort of a connection with the public,” he said. “A person’s (home) was going to tax-lien sale, we found out the person was over in Iraq, so we were able to work with them. It’s a fulfilling part of the job.”
Assessor Beverly Breakstone, a Democrat, said she plans to run for a second four-year term as well.
Her goal is “that we make all the taxpayers happy. It’s a lofty goal. I don’t know if it can be accomplished, but wouldn’t it be wonderful,” she said.
Surveyor Gary Wilkinson, a Republican who has been in office for two years, is running for a full four-year term.
He wants to “just maintain an accurate filing system for land survey plats and be able to use my experience and expertise in any boundary disputes,” he said.
Coroner Joanne Richardson, a Republican, has said she will run for a third and final four-year term this year.
Her plans for the future include getting a new database up and running and “hopefully transitioning somebody who wants to run after I’m term-limited,” she has said.
Clerk and Recorder Kathy Neel, who was unavailable for comment Friday, announced earlier this week her candidacy for re-election.
She was appointed briefly before Election Day in 2009, has served as chief deputy county clerk since 1997 and has been with the office since 1995.
For folks interested in participating in the March 16 party caucuses, Jan. 19 is the last day to affiliate with a political party.
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