QUEENSBURY-The Warren County treasurer position won't go uncontested, as the county Republicans endorsed Michael Swan, current director of Warren County's real property tax service.
"I have the experience and administrative skills to take on the job of county Treasurer," Swan said.
Swan said the treasurer position needs a contested run for voters to be heard. He decided to run several weeks ago, eventually speaking with Mike Grasso, Warren County Republican chairman, leading to his endorsement June 10.
"I'm just very honored," Swan said.
What sets him apart from Democratic candidate Michael O'Keefe, Swan said, is his 21 years of experience administrating the $8.4 billion dollar valuation of Warren County, during which he's worked closely with other county offices and the county board of supervisors.
"I know how to deal with big numbers," Swan said.
O'Keefe's campaign manager, Dennis Tarantino, declined comment on Swan joining the race.
Swan said he's often worked with the treasurer's office, and it's run fairly well right now. Though he wouldn't run it just like O'Keefe, "they have a very good staff," he said.
Prior to his service as county real property director, he was an appraiser from 1986 to 1990 for the city of Richmond, Va. From 1979 to 1982, Swan was an assessor for the town of Queensbury. Then from 1982 to 1986, he was an appraiser for the First National Bank of Glens Falls.
Swan earned an Associate's Degree in Forestry and Land Surveying from Paul Smith's College. Since then, he's taken multiple courses and earned various certifications, primarily in assessment and appraisals.
He's still working on finding a campaign manager and a treasurer, and his immediate focus is collecting signatures for his petition to be listed on the ballot.
"I want to continue the good work the county Board of Supervisors and county Budget Officer Kevin Gerahty have accomplished during past several years in keeping expenditures down and building up the surplus, and I want to continue this trend."
Denton Publications editor Thom Randall contributed reporting.