Liberty Township Trustee Christine Matacic today announced she is a candidate for the Butler County Board of Commissioners.
The announcement comes just one month after Matacic was re-elected to her fourth consecutive term as a Liberty Township trustee. This is her first try at a county-wide office.
“It has not been an easy decision. I’ve had a lot of people in the last couple of weeks come up to me and talk to me about it,’’ Matacic said.
“After much consideration and discussion with my family, friends and supporters, we agree that change on the Butler County Commission in 2015 is necessary,” said Matacic. “Butler County needs a proven, educated choice.”
One seat – now held by Commissioner Cindy Carpenter – will be open on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. George Nafziger, of West Chester Township, has filed petitions for the seat. Carpenter and Julie Holmes have taken out, but not filed, petitions for the seat.
Matacic said she would file paperwork Thursday to go through the Butler County Republican Party endorsement process for the May 2014 primary. Those interviews will be held later this month.
During her 12 years as a Liberty Township trustee, Matacic has helped oversee the township’s explosive growth while maintaining a good bond rating – Aa1. Reserves have grown to $20 million and the township maintains a seven-year comprehensive budget forecast.
Experience she gained at the township, she said, will transfer to governing the county, along with her people skills.
“Through the years we’ve built up a good team. We hire the best we can get and then we let them do their jobs,” Matacic said. “At the end of the day (trustees) set the tone and direction. We have a respect for one another.”