STAUNTON TOWNSHIP — Two candidates are vying for the seat of Staunton Township fiscal officer in the upcoming elections on Nov. 3.
Running are Sarah Fine, marketing/commodities accountant at ConAgra Foods, and Christine (Tina) Mumma, computer programmer and contractor at Wright-Patterson Airforce Base.
Fine was appointed to the position of Staunton Township fiscal officer in June after having attended every township meeting since December of last year. She now works with retired fiscal officer Michael DeWeese to learn and understand the position.
“In my position at ConAgra Foods, I am responsible for managing account balances for over 1,200 of our commodity customers,” Fine said. “I believe that my responsibilities at ConAgra make me well-suited to maintain and oversee that the township records are in proper order.”
Fine’s responsibilities include maintaining a vast amount of data and recordkeeping in order to satisfy state and USDA audit requirements, as well as communicating with customers in order to help them make the most of their commodity dollars.
Though she has no previous political experience, Mumma has been a computer programmer for over 30 years and has been a resident of the township for 28 years.
“I want to learn about how the township is run and help in any way I can to keep (Staunton) a great place to live,” Mumma said. If elected, Mumma wants to “computerize,” as well as work with the trustees to safeguard the township funds.
Fine said she wants to work with the trustees in a fiscally conservative manner to “ensure that those funds are being spent wisely and in the best interest of residents of Staunton Township.”
“I want our residents to know that I will do my very best to continue representing our township in a responsible and positive manner, and I will work hard to protect their hard-earned dollars,” Fine said.
Fine said she learned firsthand the importance responsibility of fulfilling her civic duty from her father, Norm Osting, who was a Staunton Township trustee for 30 years.
“I feel compelled to serve my community and believe that I have experience, knowledge, and a work ethic that can be used for the benefit of our township,” Fine said.
Fine said the greatest need to be addressed in her position is balancing local budget realities with decreased revenues during a time when townships have been directly and indirectly affected by the economic down turn in the country over the past several years.
“We have to closely examine how we spend money on programs and services in order to best meet Staunton Township residents’ needs and, when possible, collaborate with other local governments,” Fine said. “For example, utilizing joint purchasing or joint contracting for equipment or materials. We need to continue to seek out available grant programs that might help us meet our township needs without adding strain to our budget.
“Just as we all do in our own households, we need to do what we can to keep the township financially viable for future generations in the years to come.”
Mumma is married to husband John and has two sons, Travis (Michelle) and Derek. She has two grandchildren, Eli and Lydia. Fine has been married to her husband Ryan for 16 years and they have three children attending Miami East Elementary School.
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