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By Jon Watje
Managing Editor 

A Mustang woman has filed for the office of Canadian County Treasurer, currently held by Carolyn Leck.

Kim Rhodes, a Republican, filed at the Canadian County Election Board at 3 p.m. on Friday, just two hours before the filing deadline.

"I have heard that there was time for change and I already love working for the county," Rhodes said. "I have worked at the Children’s Justice Center as an accountant for a year now and I had some friends that encouraged me to run for the office."

Rhodes said she was still contemplating running for office during the filing period, which was from Wednesday, April 9 to Friday, April 11.

"I had to make sure my family was on board with me doing this and that they were OK with it before I filed," she said.

Rhodes has a son that graduated from Mustang High School last year and has a daughter who is a freshman at MHS.

She said she believes she has the experience it takes to be treasurer.

"I have been an accountant for 30 years and have worked in all kinds of accounting," Rhodes said. "I worked with Tim Coil in Mustang and I enjoyed doing business accounting. I also owned my own business for 16 years so I have that experience as well."

The position of Treasurer is an elected officer with a four-year term whose primary function is to collect taxes certified by the County Assessor from the assessment valuations placed on real estate, personal property and public utilities within Canadian County.

Canadian County Treasurer Carolyn Leck, a Republican, filed for the office last week and will seek her second term in office.

"I decided to run again because I love being able to make a positive difference in our county," Leck said. "I enjoy helping people."

Leck has worked for the county since 1994 and now oversees eight employees in her office. She said she is proud of some of the things her office has accomplished in the last four years.

"When the economy tanked, so did our interest income, but we have brought that back up and we also improved our website to make it more user-friendly," Leck said. "Our audits have been excellent and our cross training has been better. I don’t believe in being a boss, but a leader and facilitator who works to make sure my employees have the training and tools needed to do their jobs."

Leck said she has had a good working relationship with the other county department heads.

"That has been a blessing and I am also blessed to have the people I have working with me," she said. "I absolutely love doing this. I want to do this as long as God allows me to."

Leck said Rhodes’ late filing on Friday caused a little of a stir in her office, but said she welcomed her opponent.

"I told my employees that is just the way the system works and there is nothing wrong with that," Leck said. "The way I see it is, we are both just applying for the same job."

The primary election will be held Tuesday, June 24.


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