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Centre County Treasurer

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    Colleen Kennedy
    (Dem)

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    W. Blaine Thomas
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them?

Campaign Website colleenkennedyfortreasurer.com
Date of Birth September 9,1969
Education BA in Music, UCLA; Master of Education (MEd), UCLA; Accounting, Cal State Los Angeles
Qualifications I've worked in Accounting for twelve years. I was recruited out of my Accounting program to work in government as an auditor. I've also volunteered as treasurer for non-profit organizations. For the past seven years, I've worked in the Accounting Department for a local manufacturing company.
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My primary focus is modernization of Centre County's financial processes. Businesses have been transitioning from paper to electronic transactions for years in order to save money and environmental resources, and the county should follow this example. Expanded modernization would allow the county to cut costs while at the same time offering more to residents: more transparency, more services, and more convenience.

I would work to implement time-saving online services that other counties in the commonwealth have put in place for submitting forms and payments, such as for dog licenses and filing hotel occupancy taxes.

Finally, I would utilize the office of the Treasurer to inform Centre County families about valuable financial programs like PA ABLE, which provides tax-free savings plans to Pennsylvanians with disabilities; or PA 529, a program that offers education savings plans with tax incentives; or the recently launched Keystone Scholars program, which gives $100 to new parents as seed money to put towards their child's education.

I am eager for the opportunity to use my skills in service of my community. I believe in "serving gladly," and I would bring this attitude to every aspect of my service as Centre County Treasurer.
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Date of Birth July 8, 1965
Education Accounting Degree, Penn College, 1985 Bald Eagle Area High School Graduate
Qualifications 22 years Accounting/Manager Bellefonte Bi-Lo Grocery Store 20+ Property management for Thomas Family Real Estate Production and Quality Control Manager, Forefront Construction
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If I am elected and earn the voters trust in November, my three (3) top initiatives will be: 1) Overseeing the on-going cash management for the county. Any opportunities to find a way for the county to earn optimal interest in reserve funds or saving money through competitive bid processes can be the difference in a tax increase or possible reduction of services. 2) Continue to maintain and develop a strong personal working relationship within all departments of the Centre County government which would benefit all county residents. 3) I would like to continue serving our residents with an emphasis on excellent customer service. This includes online options and utilizing technology for residents unable to make it into the office during regular business hours.