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Assessor Hoffman Holds On To Post

November 7, 2012
By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Democrat Kathie Hoffman will serve four more as Ohio County assessor after defeating Independent challenger Sharon Zelkowski on Tuesday.

"I am ecstatic right now. This is a great night," Hoffman said.

Hoffman collected 10,595 votes, while Zelkowski garnered 5,003, according to unofficial results. No Republican filed for the seat.

Hoffman, initially elected in 2008, said she will continue her promise to be a full-time, working assessor.

She believes her 20-plus years experience in tax assessments and collections made her the right choice, as she has both "professionalism and fact-based answers to taxpayers' questions."

"I believe my work record proved that I was the better candidate," Hoffman said. "I have an open-door policy. I am always here, and I am open to the public."

Hoffman is a member of the West Virginia Association of Assessors, where she serves on the legislative committee and also is one of five assessors that serve on the Oil & Gas committee.

She was named the 2012 West Virginia Assessor of the Year by West Virginia State Tax Commissioner Craig Griffith.

The award is given annually to the assessor who has shown compliance to the West Virginia Property Tax Division standards.

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