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Controller candidate asks for voter support


As a candidate for Luzerne County Controller, I ask voters to compare my experience, employment and education with the other candidates in the race. I feel very strongly that my qualifications set me apart to fulfill the necessary duties and requirements from the very first day in office.


The controller serves as the independent watchdog over fiscal and management activities while also monitoring and examining government operations.


The controller also has the authority to conduct fiscal performance audits for nearly every facet in county government to ensure transparency and foster trust with taxpayers.


For the past 24 years, I have worked in finance and management within the public and private sectors. This has given me a wide breadth of experience that I will apply wisely as your controller.


For nine years, I served as the branch office manager of an investment securities firm where I administered and reconciled client accounts and contracts. I also worked with internal regulatory auditors and created reports.


During my 10 years in banking, I successfully cross-trained in both operations and finance.


I have supervised employees in many aspects of business including payroll, bookkeeping and ensuring valid and accurate payment of income, dividends and commissions.


In addition, I have proudly served as the elected tax collector of Conyngham Township since 2009. This experience will allow me audit both the finances and operations of the county.


I studied Corporate Trust Operations at the Cannon Financial Institute at the University of North Carolina and accounting at Penn State. I also participated in the Municipal Tax Collector Program with the Governor’s Center for Local Government Service to hone my financial skills.


I have confidence that my employment and education will be great assets to fulfill the duties and responsibilities as Luzerne County Controller and humbly ask for your vote on Election Day, Tuesday, May 21.


Michelle Bednar


Conyngham Township


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