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Trustee race offers new leadership

Neither saw the value of trying to unseat longtime Trustee Jack Daniels, but his withdrawal made the race much more attractive to the current two candidates.
“Jack Daniels is a legend; it would have been foolish to run against him,” Michael Hartman said.
Hartman, a Washington County native, owned and operated Tri-Cities Tax Professionals for three years in the late 1990s before being recruited by Mitch Cox Development Group. During his eight years with the company, he managed a multi-million dollar retail development.
For the last several years, Hartman has been involved with a multiple partnership real estate firm that rehabs and resells homes.
“It’s something I love to do because they appraise like brand-new homes but can be purchased at a lower cost, and often improve the look of the neighborhood,” he said.
Earlier this year, Hartman decided to pursue public service in county government at some level. “I thought the Trustee Office would be a natural fit with my tax background and business experience in the day-to-day operation of Hartman Properties,” he said.
While he promises to retain the current staff if elected, Hartman hopes to modernize the office with expanded payment and billing options to make it more customer friendly.
Monty Treadway, a veteran of county government, said Daniels’ pulling out of the race was his primary motivation.
“I wouldn’t have run against him; he was doing a great job,” Treadway said.
However, he saw the unexpected opening as a good opportunity to serve the people of his native Washington County again.
Treadway worked in the Washington County Property Assessor’s Office for 23 years, with nine of them spent at the helm. As the assessor of property, he managed annual budgets of almost $1 million.
The thought of returning to the same operation in a different role isn’t daunting to Treadway. “I don’t see there would be much of a transition,” he said.
“We worked hand-in-hand with the Trustee’s Office.”
If elected, Treadway sees the office as a continuation of the same courteous, friendly staff with the possible addition of making payments with credit and debit cards.
Early voting for the Washington County Republican Primary begins Wednesday, April 16.