As Election Days quickly approaches, Bonnie McCormack is attempting to secure a third term as Salem’s city treasurer. Community Journalist Chad Parries spoke with Bonnie to get her thoughts on her race.
Q: Tell us a little bit of personal info about yourself:
I’ve lived in Salem most of life, for all but about eight years, and graduated from Andrew Lewis in 1966, and both of my sons, Mark and David, went to school here in Salem, as well.
Q: What experience do you have that makes you a good treasurer?
I have 30 years experience total in a treasurer’s office, starting with seven years with Roanoke County as their Deputy Treasurer back in the 80′s. From there, I spent 14 years in years in Salem, and was named Interim Treasurer back in 2004 when Josephine Blankenship retired. I was elected Treasurer in 2005 and have been in the position since.
Q: What other qualities do you bring to the job?
I feel like I’ve just had a great deal of experience in the office – from watching and being taught by those I have learned from, to going to a lot of seminars and classes by the Treasurer’s Association, which offers credit toward certification. I am aware of the Virginia State Codes and city ordinances that we have to go by, and I feel like all of that combined gives me the experience needed to continue in the job.
Q: Why do you believe the job as treasurer is such a key role?
The Treasurer is ultimately responsible for collecting revenue, and they are a face of the city and face to its people. Our citizens come in to transact business, and a lot of personal contact is required in addition to direct mail and speaking on the telephone. We have to be able to listen to people, hear their opinions and consider them, and then work with them and serve them. The interaction is something that I really love, because your finger is always on the pulse here in the city.
Q: What is one thing you would say to the citizens about the job of Salem City Treasurer?
I think this city has wonderful people, and I really enjoy talking with them. I want to thank them for everything they have done to this point, and I strive to continue the type of service they desire…and if I am not, I hope they will let me know! But I will do whatever I can for our people and have the deepest respect for them.