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Forty-three years is a long time for any city to have one treasurer, but if people were dissatisfied, Jim Haney would not have been re-elected so many times. Or is that really so? History and common sense say that incumbents are hard to beat.
City residents will have
I would hope any candidate would have accredited college or university degrees in accounting and public finance, for starters, but more important would be integrity and good people skills.
According to the state board of elections, Rita E. Girard and Brenda A. Wood have qualified to be listed on the Nov. 5 city ballot.
Ms. Girard is currently the manager of the office of the commonwealth's attorney in Fredericksburg, under LaBravia J. Jenkins, commonwealth's attorney, and Jeff Small, clerk of the circuit court.
Ms. Wood is chief deputy treasurer under G.M. (Jim) Haney, treasurer.
I hope voters will ask the candidates about their qualifications and that each will offer detailed information.
I have paid the city through Jim Haney as treasurer a lot of money over the last 23 years, and I feel it is important to know how his successor will handle my future payments, as well as any bond issues that may arise.