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.
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.
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.
Priority: "I believe it is time for my generation to become involved and serve our community."