Treasurer candidates speak of improvements

LEWISTOWN – Three Republicans and one Democratic candidate for Mifflin County Treasurer took questions submitted by the public at the Mifflin County Measure the candidates event sponsored by the Farm Bureau on Wednesday night at the Mifflin County High School.

The candidates were first asked if there were any changes they would make to the county treasurer’s office.

Deb Civitts, a Republican who has worked in the county treasurer’s office for the past 12 years suggested there may need to be some changes implemented in light of changes to the small games of chance law.

Republican Kevin Lindsey, the current treasurer of McVeytown Lodge and a small business owner said he would do his best to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the office.

James Fosselman, who is running the Republican ticket and has a background in accounting, computer software and county government said he would work with the county commissioners to improve the office and upgrade the current computer software.

Teresa Hobbs the sole Democrat running in the primary has a paralegal and accounting background and said she would look at improving efficiency and maintaining checks balances with in the county treasurer’s office.

The candidates were also asked if they would treat the position as a full time job and each one pledged to do so.

In closing, Hobbs asked voters to look at her experience in accounting and financial records.

Fosselman cited his accounting and computer software experience, as well as his experience as finance director for a very large township.

Lindsey said he plans on instituting new checks and balances if elected.

Civitts said she was dedicated to serving the people of Mifflin County and is the only candidate with experience in the treasurers office.

Mifflin County Register and Recorder Barb Stringer also attended Wednesday’s forum.

Stringer, a Republican is running unopposed in the primary.

Stringer has been serving in the office of register and recorder in some capacity for the last 23 years.

Stringer said she loves to help people and has worked hard to preserve some of the older records in her office, some of which date back to the 1700s.

Mifflin County Sheriff Chris Shade, a Republican, was first elected nearly four years ago and is looking forward to another term.

Shade said that under his watch some changes have been made to benefit taxpayers in Mifflin County. He said inmates are responsible for reimbursing the county for transportation fees acquired when they are moved from one place to another.

Shade described himself as a fiscal conservative and strong advocate of the Second Amendment.

If re-elected, Shade said he plans to continue to operate under budget while also increasing training opportunities for his deputies.