Genesee County Treasurer




Judy Zabik
Republican
Age:
51

Judy Zabik

Judy Zabik

Residence:

Family:
Married to Bob for 20 years; one son, Michael, 15 years old

Education:
B.S. – Eastern Michigan University – Special Education, Regular Education, English Language and Literature; MA – Johnson State College – Education; MBA – Wayne State University – Finance and Accounting; Michigan State Certified Teacher in Special Education (K-12), Regular Education (K-8), 9th grade English Language and Literature

Profession:
I have more than 25 years of private sector experience in Finance and Accounting. I did corporate and plant accounting for Burroughs (Unisys) in Detroit and Plymouth. I did corporate training and consulting for Dun & Bradstreet Software in Chicago. I was an independent consultant for over 10 years with Dun & Bradstreet’s financial software package working with several Fortune 500 companies, some of which include: Nordstroms, Tru Value Hardware, Ameritech, Levi Strauss, University of California – San Francisco, Northern Michigan Hospitals, Wrangler, Sanwa Bank, Bradford Exchange, American Stores, Square D, JI Case, National Gypsum, First Union Bank, Centura Bank and more. I have done non-profit, small business, and even Canadian accounting for several organizations. I have been responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, consolidations, reconciliations, budgeting, monthly and quarterly closes, quarterly and annual tax returns, and financial reporting.

Deborah Cherry

Deborah Cherry

Political experience:
None

Community service:
I am involved with several non-profit organizations volunteering my services as treasurer. I am also active with my church, high school mother’s club, and community educational outreach organizations. I have volunteered as the Finance Chair for my church and countless other non-profit organizations over the last 30 years.

Most important issues in this race:

The most important issues in this
race:
From the Treasurer’s perspective, the most critical issue facing Genesee County is the Genesee County Land Bank. As chair of the Land Bank, the Treasurer is responsible for oversight of its operations. The Land Bank has grown far beyond its original intent. It annually drains millions of dollars from the county budget at the expense of services and employee jobs. It cannot maintain the roughly 7,000 properties it currently owns, and it is a contributing factor to the depression of property values countywide. As a result of depressed property values, services that are paid for by county tax dollars have been reduced and, in some cases, eliminated. We’re experiencing this through cuts in education, fire, police and other emergency services throughout the county.

The Genesee County Land Bank will soon acquire thousands more of tax foreclosed properties. It would be absolutely irresponsible for the Treasurer to continue to request millions of dollars in county subsidies for a failing county government operation that the Treasurer controls. If elected, my first priority as Treasurer would be to shut down the Land Bank. I will also be an advocate for accelerating the lowering of assessed property values to bring them into alignment with their fair market values, changing the current tax foreclosure system that is forcing people out of their homes, and exploring tax amnesty programs. My goal is to help our hardest hit families and businesses, especially those in lower- and middle-class income, in an effort to continue services provided by the county to them. In closing, it is imperative that we put someone who has a functional understanding of finance, accounting, and business into the Treasurer’s office. I do not have a 20-year career in politics spending money – I have a 25-year career in finance and accounting managing money.

Deborah
Cherry

Democrat

Age:
56

Residence:
Burton

Family:
Single

Education:
Masters in Public Administration from U of M –Flint, Bachelor of Science Degree from Oakland University, Graduated from Hill-McCloy High School in Montrose.

Profession:
Administrator

Political Experience:
Currently Michigan State Senator 26th District; 1994-2000 Michigan House of Representatives; 1988-1994 Genesee County Commissioner Community Service: Chairperson of the Greater Flint Health Coalition; I.M.A. Board Member; Michigan Council of Physical Fitness Foundation; Board Member; Flint Institute of Arts Education Committee

The most important issues in this
race:
People work hard all their life to own a home and the Treasurer must do all she can to help them protect their homes. I will create a taskforce of local government to bring resources and services together, focusing on responsible homeowners who need assistance. The current Foreclosure Prevention Program is helpful but is limited in its ability to assist. That’s why identification of people who need help earlier is important. Saving homeowners from foreclosure should be a priority for the Treasurer.

I want to work with local government to find ways to make all of us more cost-effective and efficient while at the same time reaching out to taxpayers more. I will be searching for ways to share responsibilities with other local Treasurers.

The Treasurer must also be a partner with the County Board in strengthening the financial position of the county so I will reinstitute the Treasurer’s participation in efforts to strengthen our credit rating and work in a cooperative manner with the Board of Commissioners and the Controller to rebuild the County’s fund balances.

Moving vacant land to private ownership in ways that strengthen the neighborhoods where the land is located has to be a priority for the Genesee County Land Bank. That means working with neighborhood groups, local businesses, churches and community resources. Economic redevelopment is an important component of Land Bank operations and real opportunities to grow businesses in our county must be vigorously pursued. The Treasurer should be a partner in these efforts and I am committed to doing so.

Strong communities are the ultimate answer and I will spend every moment committed and working to make Genesee County the place where people want to raise their families.

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