County treasurer’s race a rematch of 2014
This year’s Harrison County treasurer’s contest is a rematch of 2014 with Republican Debra S. Dones being challenged by Democrat Leisa J. Emily. In that election, Dones defeated Emily 7,039 votes to 4,451, giving Dones her first term in office. Both women have experience in the treasurer’s office.
Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name and residency: Leisa J. Emily, Corydon
Family: Son, Carl Redden; daughter, Heather Kintner; mother, Thelma Emily; siblings, Rena Stepro and Lucas Emily; grandchildren, Brooklyn and Aleiah Redden
Education: Graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1979; graduate of Ivy Tech College, LPN
Occupation: Deputy treasurer of Harrison County
Political experience: (did not answer)
Contact information for voters: cell, 812-705-0033
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I would like to continue my career 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 100 words or less)? I have lived in Harrison County all of 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 and try to get them the information they need.
Do you think there are improvements that could be made to the treasurer’s office? If yes, what are they (in 150 words or less)? There are improvements that can be made every day by gaining experience and knowledge to run the office as efficiently as possible.
Name and residency: Debra S. Dones (Debbie), Laconia
Family: Jesse (Skip) Dones; daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Jamie Terry; grandsons, Dalton and Shaye Terry
Education: I graduated from South Central High School in Elizabeth.
Occupation: Harrison County treasurer
Political experience: Harrison County treasurer for the past three years and nine months. Also served on the Boone Township Advisory Board for 7-1/2 years and was the 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’ve always worked with the public and just love doing it. Reconciling with the banks and balancing the funds is my passion. I work with the local banks to get the best interest rate on the county’s money. Helping the taxpayer understand their tax statements is one of the ways this office serves the public.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? I have the experience. I have worked in the treasurer’s office for 27-plus years. I worked eight years for the former treasurer, Paul Saulman, eight years for the former treasurer Rena Stepro, eight years for the former treasurer Carol Hauswald and the last three-plus years as your county treasurer. I would love to serve four more years.
Do you think there are improvements that could be made to the treasurer’s office? If yes, what are they (in 150 words or less)? This office is regulated by the State Board of Accounts. I will work diligently to uphold this regulation. I would greatly appreciate your vote.