CONTROLLER Mercer County

Two Republicans and one Democrat are vying for the office of Mercer County Controller being vacated this year by Democratic incumbent Dennis Songer, who chose not to seek a second four-year term. Tom Amundsen of Hermitage is unopposed on the Democratic ticket and so appears assured a spot on the fall ballot. Two candidates from the eastern side of the county are battling for the Republican nomination.
Age: 54.
Home: 177 Park Road, Sandy Lake.
Employment: Owner and manager of Medical Transcription Services and A Place in the Woods Bed and Breakfast.
Education: Attended Union High School; earned a General Educational Development diploma; attended Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Valparaiso, Fla.
Experience: Owned and operated her own small businesses since 1996; Background in business practices and accounting skills.
Family: Husband, George Riedmuller: Two sons, Richard and Kevin Otlowski; a daughter, Lori Otlowski; Six grandchildren.
Priority: To work with the controller's staff to oversee the wise spending of tax dollars and to operate that office is a smooth, efficient and effective manner.
Age: 21.
Home: 1900 Harrisville Road, Worth Township.
Employment: Student at Grove City College.
Education: Graduate of Lakeview High School: Will graduate this month from Grove City College with a bachelor's degree in accounting with a minor in business administration.
Experience: Her accounting training acquired in college in governmental and fund accounting, auditing, budgeting and related courses.
Family: Single.
Priority: "I believe it is time for my generation to become involved and serve our community."

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