Lawrence County Auditor candidate: Jason C. Stephens (R)
NAME: Jason C. Stephens
CANDIDATE FOR: Lawrence County Auditor
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: jasonstephensohio.com
HOME CITY: Getaway, Ohio
HOME COUNTY: Lawrence
PERSONAL STATEMENT: The role of the County Auditor is administrative. The Auditor is responsible for providing reliable mathematical information and making sure that decisions made by others are implemented within budget and are compliant with Ohio Law. The Auditor’s job is challenging and very financial in nature. My professional financial background and years of business and government experience make me very qualified to serve as County Auditor. I enjoy and I am very grateful to serve as County Auditor. My goal is to continue to operate the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office in a professional, efficient, and customer friendly way into the future.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Business Management with a minor in Mathematics from Lipscomb University. Also, I am a Certified Financial Planner® Certificant, and licensed insurance agent.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Lawrence County Auditor (2011-present).
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Lawrence County Commissioner (2001-2011); Insurance Agent-Stephens & Son Ins. (1996-Present); Recordkeeping Manager-Bankers Trust (1993-96).
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Member of Rome church of Christ, Member of Chesapeake Lions Club, Chairman-Lawrence County Republican Exec Committee, Volunteer PA Announcer for Chesapeake Sports.
ENDORSEMENTS: Lawrence County Republican Party, Tri-State Building Trades Unions, Teamsters Local 92, AFSCME Power in Action, Ray T. Dutey, Retired Lawrence County Auditor.
FAMILY: Wife, Juli; sons, Sawyer, Wesley and Jackson.
1. What is the most important issue facing the auditor’s office?
The Auditor’s Office is currently run efficiently and effectively. It is the administrative and financial hub of local government, which is why it is important to keep a qualified person serving as County Auditor. I want to continue to lead the Auditor’s Office into the future--providing professional, efficient, and customer friendly service to the citizens of Lawrence County.
2. What, in your opinion, is the state of the county’s budget?
The County budget is in much better shape than in years past; however, because the county revenues and state mandated expenditures are constantly changing, it is important to keep aware of changes to county revenues as a result of economics and decisions from Columbus. We publish the budget information every month on the auditor’s website at www.lawrencecountyauditor.org.