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Tax collector contest draws crowded field

by HEATHER ROTH on March 14, 2013 10:50 AM

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:

  • Ken Marcoaldi, Shaffer Drive, self-employed
  • Wayne R. Murdick, West Pike, retired
  • Bradley S. Shields, Beech Lane, county detective and former station commander of the state police barracks in Indiana
  • Thomas J. Campisano, Saddlebrook Drive, deputy sheriff
  • Denise L. Clawson, Martin Road, vice president/community office manager at Marion Center Bank
  • Donna K. Cupp, Shelly Drive, county auditor
  • Donna L. Cousins, Ben Franklin Road, retired from the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service
  • Mark T. Milner, Apache Drive, self-employed contractor
  • Jeffrey A. Mack, Acorn Street, certified public accountant

On the Democratic ballot are:

  • Barbara Levine, Wren Street, administrative assistant to the county treasurer
  • Jade P. Reinard, Laurel Street, billing representative for Diamond Drugs
  • William J. Winters, Airport Road, self-employed

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

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