UNION COUNTY — The race for Union County Treasurer pits a businesswoman with nearly four decades of experience in bookkeeping and accounting against an incumbent member of county council who works as an office manger for a local insurance agent.
The Office of Union County Treasurer is currently held by Dianne Wilkins who announced in February that after 28 years in office she would not be seeking reelection.
In the aftermath of Wilkins’ announcement, two women — Deborah (Debbie) Edwards Robertson and Kacie Petrie — filed to run for the Democratic nomination for Union County Treasurer.
No Republicans filed to run for the office so the winner of the June 12 Democratic primary will be the next Treasurer of Union County.
The first candidate to announce was Robertson, a lifelong resident of Union who graduated from Union High School, USC Union, and USC Upstate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
For the past 36 years, Robertson has been in accounting/bookkeeping and income tax preparation at Dudley W. Lawson Jr. Income Tax Inc. which she owns and operates.
In announcing her candidacy, Robertson said that “with my thirty-six years in accounting, I feel I have proven to be trustworthy and knowledgeable and I am willing to accept the responsibilities of this position and continue to actively implement the positive policies in place. I have been blessed and surrounded by influential people who have inspired me. I will work hard and be conscientious of the accountability of the office of treasurer.”
Robertson is the daughter of the late Bobby “Lum” Edwards and Marcia M. Lawson. She has one son, Daniel Robertson, and three siblings, Linda Lybrand, Robert Edwards, and Tina Gaines, all of whom reside in Union. She is also a lifelong member of Bethel United Methodist Church and has held several positions in the church.
Also filing to run was Petrie who currently represents District 6 on Union County Council.
“After hearing the news of Ms. Diane Wilkins’ retirement, I have had several people approach me about running for the position of County Treasurer,” Petrie said in a statement released Wednesday. “When someone leaves a position that has been filled with someone like Ms. Wilkins for over twenty years, it makes you think about who the next person will be.
“I have had the pleasure of serving on County Council since 2009, and I have always tried to vote with integrity and with the best interest of the County at heart,” she said. “The position of County Treasurer is a position that must possess honesty and integrity, as well as a drive to work in a demanding environment.”
Petrie said she feels her years on county council and her years in private business have helped prepare her to serve as treasurer.
“I have never really thought of running for a full time position with the County, because I have been very blessed with my job at Brian Tolbert State Farm since 2009,” Petrie said. “However, my heart is for this County. I believe my experience as a County Council member and office manager for State Farm would be an asset for this position. In the insurance world, you realize every customer matters. Just as with County government, every citizen should matter.”
Petrie and her husband, Shane, a sergeant with the Union Public Safety Department, have been married for 19 years and have one son, Carson, 10. The family attends Glory Baptist Church where Petrie has served as Church Treasurer for the past ten years. She has also been involved with various civic groups and has also tried to participate and/or support various events throughout the county.
“I have lived and worked in Union my entire life,” Petrie said. “I love Union and I want to be a part of seeing Union be the best it can be.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.