A mix of those whove dabbled in politics and a few who are trying to get their feet wet will be vying to be the Republican treasurer and surveyor candidates in the May 8 primary.
Both offices are four-year terms, with the treasurer earning $41,137 annually, and the surveyor – a part-time position – making $2,060.
The vice chairwoman of a local GOP, a former county clerk and a real estate agent are all looking to become the treasurer, which collects and distributes county funds. Each has worked with numbers and finances in the past.
I want to increase revenues on investments and reduce service fees, said Cindy Greer-Doolittle, who had two terms as county clerk and is now the chief deputy clerk.
Greer-Doolittle, whose mother worked in the treasurers office, said shes running because shes ready to focus on the financial aspects of county work.
She said shed go to banks in the area in an effort to reduce service fees the county pays.
Tami Plew, a real estate agent in the area, is running after a friend approached her about doing so.
She said the job would be something different shed enjoy and added that she knows she can handle the books that comes with the position. In addition to selling real estate, Plew taught taught baton twirling for 13 years.
Id do a good job at treasurer, Plew said. Im honest and a lot of people know me from real estate.
Laurell E. Hodges, the Whitley County Republican partys vice chairwoman, is the third candidate in the race.
Shes been active in helping other Republican candidates get elected in recent years, but said she wanted to do something for herself and hold an elected position this time around.
Being on the other side of campaigning has been different.
The pressures on now, she said. Its easy when youre giving advice, but actually doing it for myself is very rewarding.
Hodges has owned her own business, Eberly Hall, since 1989 and has also worked in payroll for another business and helped balance statements with the sheriffs department.
She said shes always had a passion for numbers.
This would be the perfect job for me, she said. I would be absolutely fiscally responsible. Im a very dedicated, honest and hardworking person.
Whitley County surveyor Ron McNeal is being challenged in the primary by James Macino.
The surveyor, along with the engineer, deal with drainage and bridge issues, typically.
Macino declined to answer questions from The Journal Gazette unless he could see the final story first, which is against this papers policy.
McNeal, a former business owner who took over the surveyor position in 2007 and won the job in the next election, said he likes the job and hopes to win again.
He added, though, that its not hard or terribly demanding – as long as you can take care of paperwork.
Its no big deal, he said.