Miller, Englert to run for row office positions
Two county employees are hoping to change jobs within the courthouse; both announced Tuesday their intentions to run for row offices.
Cheerio Goldstrohm Miller and Jeanne Englert, both Democrats, said they will be seeking office in next year's elections -- Miller is running for the controller's post and Englert is hoping to become register and recorder.
"I feel like I really have a lot to offer to the taxpayers," said Goldstrohm Miller, who is not related to current controller Myra "Tammy" Miller. Myra Miller has not yet announced whether she will seek re-election.
Goldstrohm Miller, who handles accounts payable in the controller's office, began working there in December 1989 under then-controller Darlene Pike. Pike is serving as the chairperson of her campaign committee.
"I really respected (Pike) as a controller," Goldstrohm Miller said. "I would like to bring the pride, integrity, knowledge and experience back into the office," using Pike's slogan, the first words of the letters of the traits spelling out Pike.
Englert, who is the director of the county's tax claim bureau and secretary/treasurer for West Kittanning Borough, said she has gained a familiarity with the functions in the register and recorder's office through her work.
"I understand the deeds. I understand the estates because of working with them through tax claim," she said.
She said she would like to further streamline operations in the office, and is interested in the history that is recorded there.
"I'm a very good organizer," Englert said. "I like that history in the register and recorder's office. I like the genealogical side of it."
Current register and recorder Beverly Casella likely will retire next year, and said she will not seek re-election.
Englert and Goldstrohm Miller are natives of Armstrong County. Goldstrohm Miller is a 1977 graduate of Shannock Valley High School, while Englert is a 1978 graduate of Kittanning High School.
Goldstrohm Miller said she has worked about every job in the controller's office during her time there, and worked other county row jobs, based out of the county treasurer's office, for six years before starting under Pike. She said she was interested in the job four years ago, but had decided against running.
"I considered running four years ago, but the timing in my life was not right," she said. "But in that time, I've added four more years of experience."
Englert said she also is familiar with being in public service. She has worked with ambulance services in Ford City, Worthington and Kittanning since 1979, and as director of the tax claim bureau since 2001.
"I've been in public service since I got out of high school," she said.
Both candidates can begin circulating their nomination petitions Feb. 13 to have their names appear on ballots in the May 15 primary.