Challenger critical of county treasurer

first_img The challenger to Clark County’s longest-serving elected official says she’ll bring strong leadership and real-world experience to an office run in absentia.The sitting treasurer, meanwhile, called the claims off base and inaccurate.Camas resident Lauren Colas, a Republican who filed Friday to run against county Treasurer Doug Lasher, says she’d work to streamline transactions, bolster online resources and bring more transparency and accountability to the office. The nine-year county resident’s only political experience has been as a precinct committee officer, a position she’s held for about a year and a half.She said Lasher, a Democrat who’s served as treasurer for 30 years, has been in office too long and has gone out of favor with county residents. She said it appears Deputy Treasurer John Payne is a more visible county figure than Lasher.More recent concerns about how the office manages online payments helped Colas make the decision.“I’d been considering (a run) for a long while,” Colas said. “The one thing that put me over the tipping point was when the system went down when the property taxes were due.”The county’s online property information center, a repository for all publicly accessible property data, crashed the weekend before taxes were due. However, the online system that processes people’s payments — which is separate from the property information center — remained operational. Lauren ColasRunning as a Republican for Clark County treasurerlast_img

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