Voters returned Democratic incumbent Sandra Kirkland to the Indiana County Treasurer’s office on Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.
Kirkland handily defeated Republican challenger Helen Clark, taking nearly 58 percent of the vote. Kirkland garnered 7,531 votes to Clark’s 5,462.
Kirkland has served about 24 years in office. Now, it appears that she’ll head back for another four.
“It just goes to show that when you do a good job for the people … they reward you with their vote, and that’s what happened here,” she said.
Kirkland, 62, resides in Blacklick Township, where she and her husband run an alpaca farm. She also is a former township auditor and tax collector.
As treasurer, Kirkland is responsible for accounting for millions in county revenue as well as issuing dog licenses, hunting and fishing licenses, pistol permits, boat registrations and licenses for small games of chance and bingos.
Kirkland said that her immediate goal for the next four years is to keep things running as smoothly as they have been. Beyond that, Kirkland couldn’t say what her plans are as she approaches retirement age.
“I’m not burning any bridges,” she said.
Clark was unavailable for comment as of press time today. Even though Kirkland defeated Clark, the two will continue to work together as Clark will return to her duties as one of the county’s three auditors.
She, along with Donna Cupp and Rebecca Medvetz, won additional terms in the 2011 election.
Clark has been serving as an auditor since 2004.