ATTICA TWP. — Pam Mason is looking to retain her seat as the township’s treasurer in the August 4 primary election. Her challenger is Mellisa Kyte. Both are Republicans. The top vote-getter will earn a four-year term on the board.
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Mellisa Kyte said she’s seeking office because she feels there’s a lack of transparency and accessibility among officials currently.
“I feel that it is time for a ‘changing of the guard’ in Attica. It’s time to bring in fresh ideas that will benefit everyone,” she said.
If elected, Kyte said she would like to work with her fellow board members to repeal current gun restrictions and noise regulations, plus revisit some of the current zoning ordinances. She also pledges to make the board’s business more transparent and would advocate for the township’s website to be updated on a regular basis.
“I feel that it is important for the people of Attica to know what is happening within the community,” Kyte said.
As for prior experience, Kyte owned and operated her own business for seven years and managed a million dollar company for seven years as well. She’s currently employed as an optician with SVS Vision Centers.
“I have strong communication skills and am able to effectively and politely state my opinion and offer solutions to any problems that I see,” she said.
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Pam Mason said she’s seeking another term as treasurer because she enjoys serving the community and is committed to helping keep the township fiscally sound and debt-free. Mason has served in some capacity for the township for nearly 22 years–almost 20 years as treasurer and the remainder as a receptionist and deputy treasurer.
“I hope I have earned the trust of my community over the past twenty years and can continue to work fairly and unbiased with a record of proven honesty and dependability into another term,” she said.
In a new term, Mason said issues important to her would include maintaining needed services including police, fire and EMS.
“The treasurer’s office is working towards advances in technology. Currently we are working to accept tax payments via credit card,” Mason said, adding that providing transparency and convenience to residents in person and online, is her goal.
She believes the board will need to address other important issues in the near future including growth within their rental hall, public park and enlarging the cemetery.
Mason said she was raised in Attica, was proud to raise her children there as well and is pleased that her grandchildren are growing up in her hometown too.
“Attica has always been our home and the community has been a solid part of our lives,” she said.