Staunton Treasurer Race Heats Up

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

It's been tough to get even one candidate to run against Staunton's City Treasurer Elnora Hazlett, but come next week voters will have three to choose from.

With election day just around the bend, Richard Johnson, Dolores Duncan and Elnora Hazlett all made their cases to be Staunton's next City Treasurer.

"I've implemented accounting software, used accounting software, know accounting software and have managed an office," say Johnson.

"I would extend the hours for that office, especially during peek tax season," pitches Duncan.

"I have the knowledge. I have the vision. I have the cooperation of running the treasurer's office," adds Hazlett.

But both candidates question Hazlett's cooperation, with property bills going out late and her pending lawsuit against the city of Staunton.

"The systems were all in place ready to go and then we find out Tuesday that they had to go back to old data to get bills out," question's Johnson. "Where's the communication."

"I don't know if that was a staffing thing or the computer system but these are some of the things I would like to look into," adds Duncan.

But Hazlett says that's not the case, pointing to her high collection rate, which is one of the highest in the state, and her improved relationship with the revenue office.

"We work hand and hand," says Hazlett. "We could not be doing a software system. We could not have been doing the conversion that we've ben working on for the past five years if we did not work together."

All three candidates bring different things to the table. Johnson boasts 18 years of accounting experience, Duncan brings her business background and Hazlett---28 years of experience.

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