Primary election: Madison County Treasurer


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The primary election is Tuesday, May 6. The following two pairs of candidates Micah Mitchell  and Kelly Gaskill, and Kathy Mougeotte and Tamla Y. Dixon-Tatum — are vying for their parties’ nomination for Madison County Treasurer.

 

Micah Mitchell (R)

Why did you decide to run for (re)election?

I am running for office because I feel political gamesmanship has replaced public service and I want to change that.

What qualities do you think you have for the position?

I would bring strong team building and problem solving skills with a focus on the best customer service possible.

Do you have any specific plans for public office?

Goals: Faster, better service at treasurer’s office itself. Fair service and consistent policy for all citizens, full honesty, good stewardship of your hard earned tax dollars and faithful service to the public, not to political ideology.

 

Kelly Gaskill (R)

Reason for Running: My mission as treasurer has been to provide prompt, accurate and efficient service to taxpayers. In a second term, some of my goals are to make county finances available for online viewing by taxpayers, to enhance the treasurer’s website and to offer taxpayers a kiosk for paying property taxes.

Qualities: Before I took office, property tax bills had been late seven of the eight previous years. I have provided four consecutive years of on-time billing and have corrected several other problems in the office. A proven track record on the job is the best qualification of all.

Experience: Madison County Treasurer 2011 – present

Fall Creek Township Assessor 2006 – 2010

 

Kathy Mougeotte (D)

Why did you decide to run for (re)election?

A couple years ago I read an article in “Good Housekeeping” regarding women in politics and they said more women need to get involved so I decided to look into running. I researched what offices where open and what I am best qualified for and decided on Madison County Treasurer.

What qualities do you think you have for the position?

Bachelor’s degree in business management from Anderson University, 20-plus years of management and financial experience, having worked as a nursing home administrator and as CFO for “Great Deals Magazine.”

Do you have any specific plans for public office?

To maintain the integrity of the treasurer’s office and to work with the assessor and auditor to make sure the tax statements go out on time. Also, to work with property owners to improve the tax collections.

What experience do you bring to the table?

Twenty-plus years of financial and management experience

Is there anything else you would like to add?

This is my first time running for public office and would like to make a difference in Madison County. I currently volunteer at a local food pantry and see first hand how the economy has hurt our county and look forward to working with the citizens and business owners to help improve Madison County.

 

Democratic Candidate Tamla Y. Dixon-Tatum did not return a questionnaire.

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