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Allen County

Republican assessor wins shot at 3rd term

Incumbent Stacey O'Day easily defeated political newcomer Kimberly Klerner by more than 9,800 votes Tuesday to earn the Republican nomination for Allen County assessor.

According to unofficial results from the Allen County Election Board, O'Day received 16,244 votes to 6,430 for Klerner.

In November, O'Day will face Democrat Sam Walker. Walker, 33, the deputy assessor for Wayne Township, ran unopposed in the primary.

“We're extremely pleased with the results, and I'm very thankful for the team I have behind me. It's a team effort to provide good public service,” O'Day said.

“We're happy and ready for the fall.”

O'Day, 48, is nearing the end of her second term in office. She campaigned on her more than 20 years of experience at the assessor's office and her commitment to cutting costs while maintaining services.

The Allen County Assessor's Office oversees 156,000 parcels, the largest land area in the state and one of the most complex, with a mix of agriculture, commercial and industrial and residential properties, O'Day said.

O'Day said the November race will come down to experience.

“I've been in the office for over 24 years, and I have experience with appeals, experience with residential and commercial property and overall, more well-rounded experience than my opponent,” she said.

O'Day said she has cut the office's general fund allocation by more than $300,000 and reduced her staff by attrition from 48 to 36 while completing appraisals on time and reducing the number of appeals.

“We're hitting all the targets we need to hit to provide a good service to taxpayers,” she said.