Vicki Sefsick is seeking to remain as Harrison County treasurer as she faces a challenge for her seat from Richard Anderson.
- Sefsick, a Democrat, has been serving as treasurer for the past 18 months following the resignation of the county's former treasurer. She said she has been working in the treasurer's office for the past 10 years.
"This experience is part of what sets me apart from my opponent. I have attained invaluable experience working not only as the treasurer but also as deputy treasurer," she said. "Through my experience, I understand the operations and requirements of the treasurer's office. A very successful working relationship has already been established with other office holders. There would be no learning period for me or my staff. I currently have a staff that includes one full-time and one part-time employee."
Sefsick said she would work to collect taxes on delinquent county properties.
"Each year a list of those delinquent taxes is forwarded to the prosecutor's office for consideration of tax sale. Some of those properties date back 10 years or longer. It is up to the prosecutor as the county's legal advisor to move ahead with legal action in collecting delinquent taxes. I will continue to complete the requirements of my office in that collection process and will continue to work to have all delinquent taxes collected."
Sefsick said serving the Harrison County taxpayers has been a positive experience.
"I am also a lifelong resident of Harrison County. I was raised in Unionvale. I married my high school sweetheart Jerry Sefsick. We have chosen to raise our family here," she said. "I understand the county and its residents. I love the small town atmosphere of this county. It is the place I have called and always will call home."
- Anderson, a Republican, said he will bring a fresh perspective to the county treasurer's office, noting the former treasurer resigned after allegations of financial shenanigans. "This will be the first time in 25 years our county has elected a new treasurer," he said.
Anderson has been a coal miner and also is a U.S. Army veteran. He and his wife of 35 years, Ann, live on a small farm in Green Township and have two grown children.
He has managed both large and small businesses over the past 30 years and currently operates a small furniture and appliance store in Cadiz.
"I will bring my extensive management skills with me to the office and immediately review all procedures for collecting, securing, and maximizing revenues," he said.
"A treasurers' office under my direction will focus on collecting delinquent taxes, automating routine tax renewals as much as possible, improving service at the counter, improving interaction with other county offices and of course preparation of the budget. Our county is in the midst of an oil/gas boom and I will work as hard as I can to harness this financial opportunity in a positive manner."
He also pointed to his business experience in helping the county move forward with technology.