Incumbent faces challenge for treasurer

Two Republicans will face off in the May 3 primary election for county treasurer, with incumbent Maria Fisher vying for re-election against political newcomer Roger Hurt.

Fisher, a former county auditor and Norman resident, will be pitted against challenger Roger Hurt on the primary ballot.

The treasurer is a member of the county’s finance team, which includes the auditor and assessor. The three work closely with each other, state agencies, the county commissioners and county council. The treasurer also may order the sale of real property to pay delinquent taxes.

Hurt, a Brownstown Republican, talked about how he would handle the role of county treasurer if elected.

“I want to assemble a team/staff of professionals who can provide trust, customer service and respect to the taxpayer because taxpayers are the very core to the functions of county funding,” Hurt said.

Fisher said her relationship to the community and other offices is “crucial” for success.

In addition, Fisher said she understands the duties of the treasurer and what is required to perform and maintain on behalf of our county taxpayers.

Meanwhile, Hurt said he has 30 years of experience in bookkeeping, quality control on investments and public trust as backing his expertise.

The different operational styles also are emphasized in what they said they look forward to about the job.

“The one-on-one relationship with our residents and taxpayers,” Fisher said.

Hurt said he looks forward to creating a professional and personable office, being hands-on with the public to show the taxpayer trust and respect and providing effective policies and operating procedures.

There are no Democrat candidates on the primary ballot, although the party has until June 30 to fill vacancies on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election.

In 2015, Fisher earned $40,035 as treasurer.

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.