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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Three candidates are running for the Franklin County treasurer’s job, which will be open after Lynda Messenger’s pending retirement.
Gail Lynch Abbott, a Democrat, and Bradford Archer, Republican, will take on Susan Wray — an independent and current treasurer’s office employee whom Messenger has endorsed — for the position.
Wray, 40, is chief deputy treasurer under Messenger and has worked in the office for 15 years.
Wray said she has been a dedicated employee of the office and would provide beneficial continuity. As treasurer, she said she would continue to strive for quick and efficient customer service.
Abbott and Archer each have said their party affiliations would have little impact on their operation of the office, which collects the county’s taxes and processes all money brought in by the county government.
Abbott, a 54-year-old who is a co-owner of Nancy H. Lynch & Associates, spent time in the treasurer’s office as a seasonal employee. She said she felt her accounting background provided her with the necessary skills to lead the department.
She said she would continue to modernize the office’s operations. Among her goals would be the introduction of e-checks to pay taxes online.
Archer, a 54-year-old business manager and author, is also the Franklin County Republican Committee chairman, a position from which he said he likely would resign if elected.
Archer said he would use the treasurer position as an opportunity to advise the county’s leadership about economic conditions and strategies, in addition to his hopes of making the office more available to residents.
Archer said he is bracing for decreased revenues in the county because of federal policies such as the Affordable Care Act, and would discuss the possible impact of that scenario with county staff.
His plans for the office are focused on expanding service, both in terms of hours and distance. He wants to extend the daily operating hours and explore establishing satellite offices in more county locations.
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