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INDEPENDENCE ― The pending retirement of longtime Grayson treasurer Fields R. “Junior” Young after 34 years has created a vacancy that at least two candidates have announced plans to fill.
Young said his retirement is effective Dec. 31. He has been treasurer since 1979.
A special election will be held in November for a temporary two-year term treasurer to replace him.
Recently, Stephanie Brewer and Paula Carrico have announce their intentions to run for the office.
Brewer lives in the Providence community with husband, John — a member of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors — and their two children, Nick and Breanna.
In a letter announcing her candidacy, Brewer said she is a volunteer for her church's circuit youth group and works with many youth-oriented programs in the county.
She serves on the Grayson County Planning Commission, "where we strive to facilitate growth and economic development in our county. In this mission, we [the Planning Commission] intend to use economic development to help alleviate the burden of high property taxes."
Brewer said the skills she has acquired through her education and job experience make her qualified for the office.
Upon high school graduation, she attended UVA-Wise and Wytheville Community College, where she earned a degree in business management. After college, Brewer began a job as a customer service representative with a local finance company and was later promoted to loan officer.
"In 1999, I was hired by Guynn Enterprises as credit and accounts manager for the company, which includes the four Guynn Furniture stores and the two area funeral homes," she said.
In 2005, she left Guynn Enterprises to operate her own business. She is co-owner and operator of Brewer Construction, Brewer Properties and River Oak Retreat.
She said her duties include handling all of the finances, accounting, taxation, customer service and legal matters for these companies.
"The treasurer's office has the responsibility to be as efficient as possible and to be good stewards of the taxpayers' money," Brewer wrote in her letter. "As your treasurer, I would contribute my skills, experience and, most importantly, my fiscal responsibility to you, the residents of Grayson County."
Carrico lives in the Providence District of Grayson County with her husband, state Sen. Bill Carrico, and their two children: Willie, who is in the Virginia State Police Academy; and Emily, who is a rising freshman at Grayson County High School.
"Having been encouraged by citizens of Grayson County and after prayerful consideration, I am seeking the Republican nomination for Grayson County treasurer,” Carrico wrote in a letter announcing her candidacy.
"My family and I truly know the meaning of public service,” she said.
Carrico has served on the Mount Rogers Community Service Board, is a member of the Virginia State Police Women’s Auxiliary, volunteered as a reading mentor for the Grayson County school system, served on the Cliffview Church of God Youth Board and volunteered as an Upward youth basketball coach.
"I feel I can bring a professional, citizen-oriented service to the treasurer’s office of Grayson County,” she wrote.
Carrico graduated from King George County High School and attended both Rappahannock Community College and Wytheville Community College.
"I bring to the table more than 25 years of experience,” Carrico said.
She has worked for the federal government in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Division in Washington, D.C.; has serving the State of Virginia at both the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Employment Commission; and has worked in local county government with the Department of Planning and Code Compliance.
Carrico is currently employed in the private sector as an office manager for an emergency response system company with a clientele of more than 2,000, and is co-owner in C&H Investments.
"With my experience, management skills, eye for detail and passion to serve others, I can offer the citizens of Grayson County efficient, effective and friendly service when interacting with the treasurer’s office,” Carrico wrote in her letter.
"My prayer is that each household of Grayson County will be blessed, and in return, our county will be blessed. I ask for your support in the upcoming nomination and election.”