Henry County treasurer candidates


NAPOLEON -- Two individuals are seeking election for the position of Henry County treasurer in the Nov. 6 general election. Candidates are incumbent Calvin Spiess and Zachary Riley.

Before being elected treasurer, Spiess worked for 16 years at Mark Moats Ford. Riley enters the race having previously worked in tax preparation at Merrill Kane & Co., Wauseon, and is currently the treasurer of Riley Tractor Parts Inc.

The following are profiles of both candidates:

Name: Calvin G. Spiess

Age: 64

Address: 1033 Fairview Drive, Napoleon

Education: Liberty Center High School, 1966; Capital University and Defiance College

Family: wife, Patricia; two sons, Mark and Greg

Occupation: Henry County treasurer

Previous elected offices: None

Party affiliation: Democrat

Reason for seeking office: I really enjoy the office and working with the taxpayers; continue expanding options for the office.

Qualifications for the position: lifelong Henry County resident with 21 years of experience; 2008 treasurer of the year for the state of Ohio; treasurer's representative to the Ohio Council of County Officials; past president of the Northwest District; board of revisions member, investment advisory board, budget commission, data processing board; and have completed nearly 300 hours of continuing education.

Top goals and how you expect to achieve them: To expand pre-pay for the taxpayers; to expand different methods of tax collection.

Name: Zachary Riley

Age: 33

Address: 18290 Henry County Road M1, Napoleon

Education: Wauseon High School, 1997; Defiance College, 2010.

Family: wife, Erin; sons, Sullivan and Turner

Occupation: Certified public accountant; treasurer of Riley Tractor Parts Inc.

Previous elected offices: None

Party affiliation: Republican

Reason for seeking office: I have had a desire to serve the public since a young age. I feel that my skills and background can benefit the citizens of Henry County.

Qualifications for the position: I am a certified public accountant, which will assist me in thoroughly evaluating the county's finances. I have been trained in depth in governmental accounting. I also have experience in the aspects of budgeting and investing in my role as treasurer of Riley Tractor Parts. I am also a Dave Ramsey-trained personal financial counselor, so I have the tools and training to help people who are delinquent with taxes find a way to get caught up on their payments.

Top goals and how you expect to achieve them: 1. Integrate additional technology into the treasurer's office, including the development of a website with helpful resources and potentially offering a paperless property tax billing option. 2. Add additional property tax payment plans and options, including bi-monthly and quarterly payment plans, and making available online and automatic bank draw payment options. 3. Make the treasurer's office as efficient and cost-effective as possible by finding ways to enhance the transfer of information between the treasurer and auditor's offices, and finding areas within the office to cut spending and reduce expenditures.

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