Conyngham Township resident Michelle Bednar has announced her candidacy for Luzerne County controller.
A Democrat, Bednar said she has worked in finance and management in the public and private sectors for 25 years.
Bednar’s announcement states: “She believes very strongly that her credentials qualify her to be the best candidate in the race and that voters should not view this position as a popularity contest but as a serious position that deserves the most qualified person.”
Bednar, 47, works as the branch office manager of an investment securities firm and as the township’s elected tax collector. She previously worked as a payroll broker commission’s assistant supervisor, an administrative assistant of corporate lending and a corporate trust supervisor.
In those positions, Bednar has accumulated experience in internal audits, annual and monthly reports, insurance payment reviews, stock/bond deposits and withdrawals and account and contract reconciliation, her announcement states.
She also has handled pay-downs, advances, monitoring of past-due accounts and collateral exceptions, dividend re-investments, trust vault securities and municipal and school bonds.
Bednar studied corporate trust operations at the Cannon Financial Institute within the University of North Carolina and studied accounting at Penn State. She also honed her financial skills in the Municipal Tax Collector Program within the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, the release states.
If elected, Bednar vows to be an independent fiscal guardian for the county taxpayers “who deserve honest, open, and transparent government.”
“With experience in auditing, Bednar will ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and efficiently within county government with no undue influence from other elected officials, department heads or any special interests,” the release states.
Bednar and her husband, John Scott, have one son, Kyler.