Mark Clinton seeks re-election for treasurer

While he looks for second term, Clinton will face off with Nelson

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

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This November election, incumbent Mark Clinton will face challenger Christina Nelson for Whitman County treasurer. Both candidates are running as Republicans.

Nelson, who was unable to do an interview due to a family emergency, has said in previous statements she wants to achieve improvements in accuracy, accountability and security through her knowledge and experience with computer technologies and process flow analysis.

She has worked in Washington counties for over 20 years and has focused part of her campaign on improving cash management and cash handling.

Clinton is seeking his second term as Whitman County treasurer to add onto his 18 years of public finance experience. He said some of the changes he made during his first term were doing deposits on the same day instead of the day before, reconfiguring the cash drawers and implementing a mid-month balancing of property tax distribution.

“I think that with what we have done with the county, I’ve done a pretty good job with my position,” he said. “I feel comfortable that people feel the same way too.”

Clinton said an important part of the job is working with the county auditor.

“We need to continue to strive to work with the auditor’s office to improve our county functions that we have in place,” he said.

Clinton said he has done a good job in that aspect and thinks the audits are improving every year.

If he is re-elected, he said he would focus on written policies.

“I’ve looked at and we’ve gone through a couple of them, but having policies in place for everything we do in the office is a big focus of what I am going to try to do this next term,” he said.