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CANDIDATE: William Winters (Democrat)

on May 16, 2013 11:08 AM

When you run your own business, you have to learn “all of the intricacies” like payroll, taxes and navigating red tape.

And it’s that experience that William Winters says will make him a good tax collector.

“The more I talk to O’Keefe about what it takes to be a tax collector, you are a small business,” he said.

“You need a staff to run that office the way it needs to be run.”

Winters owns Winterwind Farm Inc., but has started winding down his roadside mowing business and was looking for something else “to stay engaged with.”

He said he has 30 years of experience running a business.

“The job’s a lot more involved (for) somebody who’s never seen that side of the equation. They’re going to be overwhelmed,” he said. “Having that full base of knowledge, doing the task at hand, anybody can do that. It’s having that broad experience — it’s having done all these other parts that go with doing anything. … That’s really what sets you apart.”

Winters said he hopes the conversation about the next tax collector will be about experience rather than family history.

“I would like to somehow have the conversation be more about people’s qualifications. I know these positions tend to be more of who you are, who your name is, that kind of a thing,” he said.

Winters graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College, in West Virginia.

He and his wife, Ginny, live in White Township and care for Welsh terriers.

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