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Easley is easily re-elected in city
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Martinsville Commissioner of the Revenue Ruth Easley was elected to a third four-year term on Tuesday, unofficial city elections results show.
Easley received 2,228 votes, while challenger John T. Carter received 867 votes, the results indicate. The figures will not be declared official until after the Martinsville Electoral Board canvasses them today.
A certified master commissioner of the revenue, Easley has served as the city's revenue commissioner for eight years. Carter is a businessman who operates H & R Block tax preparation office franchises.
Carter ran on a platform of improving service provided by employees in the commissioner's office, saying he had heard complaints from the public.
Easley has countered that she has received many compliments about her staff and the service they provide.
Celebrating her victory with supporters Tuesday night at The Gallery, Easley said she was relieved that the election was over.
"But I'm very thankful to the residents of Martinsville" for their support, she said, and "I'm very humbled" by her margin of victory over Carter.
Regarding the issue of service in her office, she said, "The public seems pleased with the service we provide."�
In assessing taxes, she and her staff "follow the letter of the law," Easley said. "But we do it with understanding" of people's economic hardships and strive to be accurate and fair, she said.
Easley admitted, however, that she has realized "I probably need to do a better job of informing the public about (how) the assessment process" is done.
She said she will strive to provide more information about the process via the city's Web site and the media.
Carter could not be reached Tuesday night for comment on the election.
Other city constitutional officers ran unopposed in Tuesday's election and were re-elected. They are Sheriff Steve Draper, who is getting a fifth term; Commonwealth's Attorney Joan Ziglar, who is receiving a fourth term; and Treasurer Cindy Dickerson, who was elected to her first full term.
Constitutional officers are elected to four-year terms.
Dickerson has worked in the treasurer's office for 15 years. She became interim treasurer after former treasurer Pat Conrad retired in January and then won a special election in April to fill the remainder of Conrad's term.
Running unopposed, Dickerson received 2,799 votes, Draper received 2,857 votes and Ziglar received 2,650 votes, unofficial results show.