Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise announced Tuesday that she will seek election to a full four-year term next year.
Scalise, 44, of Akron, was appointed fiscal officer in May by the county Democratic Party. She replaced longtime Fiscal Officer John Donofrio, who retired in mid-term.
Her official announcement isn’t a surprise, since she stated that was her plan when she was appointed.
“With my qualifications, I feel I’m the best person to lead the office,” she said Tuesday.
Scalise, who has not held elected office before, previously served as chief deputy fiscal officer for 11 years, and worked in the private sector as a certified public accountant for 10 years.
In addition to being a CPA, she is a certified fraud examiner. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron.
The fiscal officer oversees everything from property tax collections to appraisals to investments to dog licenses.
County Republican Chairman Alex Arshinkoff declined to comment on who might represent the Republican Party.
“When we have an announcement, we’ll let you know,” he said. “We’ll have a real good candidate. We look forward to a spirited race.”
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