Clancy wins Dem nod for treasurer in Porter County
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent July 26, 2014 1:51PM
Michelle Clancy thanks the crowd after being elected the new Porter County Treasurer in Portage on July 26, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 28, 2014 6:20AM
PORTAGE — Porter County Democrats selected Michelle Clancy on Saturday to serve as the county’s next treasurer.
“I will work my hardest,” said Clancy, of Portage Township. “I’m going to make sure no one regrets their vote. I will see you in the treasurer’s office.”
Party chairman Jeffrey Chidester swore Clancy in immediately after she won a majority of the 62 ballots cast. She takes office Monday.
Former treasurer Mike Bucko, who announced he was resigning almost two weeks ago and who finished up in the office Friday, said Clancy was instrumental in helping with the changes he made while he was in office. He was first elected in 2008.
“The treasurer’s office is as efficient or more efficient than it’s been in Porter County history,” he said, noting a letter in support of Clancy he sent out to the precinct committeemen who were at the headquarters for Ironworkers Local 395 to cast their ballots.
Clancy served as chief deputy in Bucko’s office from 2010 to 2013, “handling fund accounts and everything else,” he said before receiving a standing ovation for his service.
The other candidate for the spot was Robert Cotton of Valparaiso, who worked for Merrill Lynch and Prudential before becoming an independent financial adviser.
He mentioned the task at hand as the County Council and the Board of Commissioners find the best investment options for the $159 million in proceeds from the sale of the county hospital.
Cotton also gave a nod to Bucko’s hard work.
“The office was left in such good shape. Thank you for that efficiency, Mr. Bucko,” he said.
After showing the crowd that the ballot box was empty as voting was about to begin in four voting cubicles, Chidester said precinct committeemen exhibited commitment to come out on a Saturday afternoon to select the county’s next treasurer.
“It shows a lot of enthusiasm on our behalf. We need it to carry over into November,” he said of the upcoming general election.