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Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

When voters research candidates for the primary in May, they may be in for a bit of a surprise when it comes to one particular candidate for the position of Fayette County treasurer. I am speaking of Brad Geyer of Connellsville. He is the director of accounts and finance for the City of Connellsville.

In his announcement “seeking the Democratic nomination for Fayette County treasurer,” Geyer states, “When I looked at the other candidates that had announced, I didn't see the qualities I want in a county treasurer; I believe I have those qualities, and I have the experience that matters.”

Now, let's evaluate Geyer's statement.

First of all, if he did not see the qualities for treasurer in the other candidates, perhaps he did not take the time to read their announcements. The other candidates are: Nancy Wilson, clerk for the treasurer's office for over 30 years; Beth Patton, employee of the county's tax claim bureau and tax clerk for over three years; Mike Zimcosky, employee for the controller's office; Melvin Lerch Jr., supervisor for more than two terms; Tom Pearson, licensed insurance agent; Larry Russman, licensed insurance and notary for over 20 years; and former state Rep. Larry Roberts. All are qualified.

Next, let's consider his experience and qualities. On Oct. 24, 2012, TribLIVE wrote, “Connellsville's ‘financial crisis' continues. City Treasurer Judy Keller warned Geyer that if Connellsville is declared a financially distressed city, the state can step in and take it over. Geyer's solution was to ask Scottdale Bank & Trust about taking out a loan just to make it through the year.

So, voters, please evaluate and study all candidates. An informed voter who votes always votes best.

James Flynn


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