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Treasurer’s office up for grabs

Treasurer’s office up for grabs
Treasurer’s office up for grabs
Leisa J. Emily, Democrat

The Harrison County Treasurer’s Office will have a new person at the helm due to the current officeholder, Carol Hauswald, unable to seek a third term due to term limits.
Vying for the office are Republican Debra S. Dones and Democrat Leisa J. Emily. Both have experience in the treasurer’s office.
Here are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire they received from this newspaper.
Name and residency: Leisa J. Emily, Corydon
Family: Son, Carl F. Redden (age 36); daughter, Heather L. Kintner (age 30); mother, Thelma Gehlbach Emily; sister, Rena Stepro; brother, Lucas Emily
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1979; deputy treasurer in Harrison County for 16 years; also employed at H&R Block (seasonal) since 1981
Contact information for voters: Phone: 812-738-8897; cell: 812-705-0033
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? To keep my present job in the treasurer’s office and to serve the people of Harrison County in a courteous, friendly way.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 150 words or less)? I have lived in Harrison County all my life. If elected, I would try to make this a better community to live in for all taxpayers. From working in the treasurer’s office, I have learned that people have unique and different situations. I would listen to their concerns and try to get them the information they need to solve their problems.
If elected, how would you run the treasurer’s office (in 100 words or less)? If elected, I would continue to run the office efficiently with the experience and expertise gained over the years. I would treat the taxpayer the same way I would want to be treated.
Name and residency: Debra (Debbie) S. Kingsley Dones, Laconia
Family: Husband, Jesse (Skip) Dones; daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Jamie Terry; grandsons, Dalton and Shaye Terry
Education/Occupation/Political experience: I graduated from South Central High School. I have served on the Boone Township Advisory Board for 7-1/2 years. I was also clerk-treasurer for the Town of Laconia for several years.
Contact information for voters: 812-737-1169.
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I have served the residents of Harrison County in the treasurer’s office for 23-1/2 years. I would love to continue to serve.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 150 words or less)? I have the experience, and I am capable and willing to be treasurer. I started working in the office in 1991 for former Treasurer Paul Saulman. In 1999, I served as first deputy to Rena Stepro for 8 years. At present, I am first deputy to Carol Hauswald.
If elected, how would you run the treasurer’s office (in 100 words or less)? Most everything in the treasurer’s office is set up by the State Board of Accounts. I would uphold these laws and regulations. I would work with the other offices to serve the residents of Harrison County to the best of my ability. I would appreciate your vote.

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