Tax collector contest draws crowded field
March 14, 2013 10:50 AM
by HEATHER ROTH

A dozen White Township men and women are vying for a single White Township tax collector position being vacated at the end of the year.

There are three candidates on the Democratic ballot and nine on the Republican ballot.

“I haven’t had that many for the position of tax collector,” Robin Maryai, chief clerk, said Wednesday. “It’s the most I can remember for a good many years.”

Maryai said tax collectors receive a commission from the municipalities they serve based on the taxes they collect.

“The pay is probably bringing them out,” she said.

The current White Township tax collector, John M. O’Keefe, served six terms, or 24 years. He announced in January that he would not seek re-election, and that he would complete his term on Dec. 31.

The 12 candidates all reside in White Township.

On the Republican ballot are:

On the Democratic ballot are:

The deadline for candidates to file for the May primary election was Tuesday.

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