Monday, April 28, 2014

Journal-Gazette Reports Veteran and Newcomer Seek Nod for Allen County Assessor in Primary

From the Fort Wayne Journal & Courier:

The veteran Allen County assessor will run against a political newcomer vying for the Republican slot in the May 6 primary.

Republican Allen County Assessor Stacey O’Day is being challenged by Kimberly Klerner.

Sam Walker, 33, is running unopposed as the Democratic candidate for Allen County assessor. Walker is the deputy assessor for Wayne Township.

O’Day, 48, is nearing the end of her second term in office. She began her career with the assessor’s office as a records deputy 24 years ago.

The Allen County Assessor’s Office oversees 156,000 parcels, the largest land area in the state of Indiana and one of the most complex, with a mix of agriculture, commercial and industrial and residential properties, O’Day said.

She also serves as a legislative chair and vice president for the Indiana County Assessors Association and was appointed a board member of the Association of Indiana Counties.

“It’s a huge benefit for a county of this size to have a voice at the Statehouse,” O’Day said.

O’Day said tracking the ever-changing legislation is among the biggest challenges she’s faced in recent years.

“Assessing is a complicated system, and it’s constantly changing based on the legislation,” she said.