Cape County treasurer -- Deborah Young

Sunday, November 2, 2008
ELIZABETH DODD ~ edodd@semissourian.com
Deborah Young is the Democratic candidate for Cape Girardeau County Treasurer.

Name: Deborah Young

Party: Democratic

Birth: No answer given.

Spouse, children: Married; two grown children

Occupation: Community organizer, office manager, minister

Employer: No answer

Businesses owned: No answer

Public office held: None

Past political campaign: Public administrator, Cape Girardeau County, 2004.

Question 1: What is the most important issue facing the treasurer's office?

Answer: Keeping the county treasurer an elected position and adding value to the taxing districts and other governemtnal entities via the treasurer's office.

Question 2: What in your background or education makes you qualified for this office?

Answer: Missouri statute states that any person who is a qualified voter living in the country is qualified to serve as the county treasurer. A degree in business administration and continuing college hours, which includes receipt of funds, collection of taxes, disbursement of funds; a strong accounting background with ample computer experience: all of this equips me with the necessary skills needed to perform the daily tasks of the office of county treasurer.

Question 3: Why are you better qualified than your opponent?

Answer: A degree in business administration as well as continuing college hours; experience that includes the receipt of funds, collection of taxes, disbursement of funds; a strong accounting background accompanied with ample computer experience -- all of this equips me with the necessary skills to perform the daily tasks of the office of county treasurer.

Question 4: What key actions will you take as a financial manager to minimize the impact of the economic downturn on the county?

Answer: Bring structure to the office by dividng duties into two sections, administration-finance and customer service; increase interest earning through investment pooling.

Question 5: What will you do to preserve the treasurer's integrity while in office?

Answer: I promise to work hard to insure that the trust and confidence that the voters place in me to oversee the fiscal structure of the treasurer's office is never misplaced, mishandled or misused.

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