Businessman looks to unseat Lawrence auditor

October 11, 2018
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IRONTON — Lawrence County Auditor Jason C. Stephens faces opposition from Jason Tolliver, a local businessman, in a bid for a four-year term as county auditor.

Tolliver, 46, manager of Early Construction Co. and Martin Steel Fabricators, is a Democratic candidate for auditor. He had an unsuccessful bid for county commissioner two years ago.

“I want to help change the county in a positive manner,” Tolliver said. “With my business background, I think I can do that.”

Stephens, 47, county auditor for more than seven years, also served 10 years as a county commissioner. He is a Republican candidate for the job. “My experience and financial qualifications make me a strong, well-qualified candidate,” Stephens said. “I have college degrees in finance and business management. I also have a certified financial planner certificate. I have corporate and small-business experience. I have served in local government for 18 years.”

“Being a business owner, I’m well versed in the qualities needed for this job,” Tolliver said. “I can make a difference. I’m the right man for the job.”

Stephens said his record of service and qualifications shows he has earned the public’s trust.

“Hopefully, it will earn me another term,” he said.

“I try to run the office in an efficient, friendly way,” Stephens said. “I want to be fair and open with the information we provide the public.

“This is an important position,” Stephens said. “It fits my background and training. I want to see the county government operate well.”

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