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INDEPENDENCE ― Robert “Kelly” Haga has been declared the Democratic Party’s candidate for the office of treasurer for Grayson County.
There are several contenders for the office that will be left vacant by Junior Young, who will not seek re-election as treasurer. Haga will run against Republican Paula Carrico and independent candidates George R. “Dicky” Whitaker, Stephanie Brewer and Raymond L. “Pete” Hall Jr.
Haga is a lifelong resident of Grayson County, a graduate of Independence High School and has been married to Susan Hall Haga of Independence for 22 years. They reside in the Oldtown District of Grayson County and have three children ages 15, 13 and 11.
“I believe that my balance of work experience in both the private and public sector will assure an easy transition for the treasurer’s office,” he said.
Haga has a bachelor of science degree from Radford University and an education degree from University of Alaska, Anchorage.
He is a regional sales representative for a major east coast lumber company based in Hickory, N.C. His office is home-based in Grayson, but he travels throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and Louisiana.
Haga was corporate vice president and director of purchasing for Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax for eight years. There, he oversaw budgeting, logistics, cost accounting, cost analysis, purchasing and supply. He directly supervised staff members and managed on-time delivery and logistical handling of materials to the factory with production valued at $465,000 per day. He was also responsible for coordinating with multiple vendors, contractors and service providers and managed a raw material inventory of $1.5 million monthly.
Before entering the private sector, Haga was a classroom teacher for 10 years.
“If elected, I will do my very best to treat all residents fairly, to assist people with their individual concerns and to consistently have an open door for the citizens of Grayson County,” he said. “I will work hard with other departments in the courthouse and be as open and communicative as possible.”
Haga said he would make “fair and equitable judgments to help citizens with problems and advise them with who can best assist them.”
He said his office staff would provide “courteous, efficient and effective service to the citizens of Grayson County. I will represent the county in a manner with which the county residents will be looked upon as an important and vibrant part of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”