Barbara Gelman sent us a press release saying she will run for assessor-treasurer.
The seat is held by Ken Madsen, who has said he probably won’t seek re-election.
Gelman, currently a member of the County Council, has 22 years of experience in two Pierce County offices. She served two terms on the County Council and then two terms as assessor-treasurer before rejoining the council. She’s in her second consecutive (fourth overall) council term, which expires in 2010. (Four terms on the council will probably get a conference room named after her at some point, don’t you think?)
She’ll face Jan Shabro, also a veteran office holder, who announced her candidacy on Feb. 12.
The job pays $112,500 a year.
Here’s Gelman’s press release:
GELMAN ENTERS ASSESSOR/TREASURER RACE
County Councilmember Barbara Gelman has announced she will officially enter the race for the seat being vacated by Assessor/Treasurer Ken Madsen.
Gelman, in her final term on the Pierce County Council, says she believes her 22 years of service in County government, including eight years as Assessor/Treasurer from 1993 to 2001 gives her an advantage in running the office of Assessor/Treasurer. Under her tenure, she made customer service her number one priority and she will continue that focus when elected. She will also work hard to ensure citizens are treated fairly and assessments are accurate. And, she promises to facilitate the appeal process for those citizens who believe their appraisal is too high. Due to the high volume in recent years, and the complexity of such appeals, she supported the addition of a Taxpayer Ombudsman to the 2008 County Budget to assist property owners through the process.
Gelman, who is married and has raised four children, has been a life-long resident of Pierce County. She cares about her community and has a proven record of advocacy for the citizens of Pierce County.
Shabro served eight years on the County Council and four years in the Washington Legislature. Shabro announced her candidacy on Feb. 12.
Gelman is a Democrat and Shabro is a Republican, but party affiliations won’t be on the ballot. Last November, voters approved a county charter amendment that made the assessor-treasurer a nonpartisan post.