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Beverly Palm and Carl Church will face off in the primary race for Teton County treasurer.
Incumbent Bonnie Hatch is retiring at the end of the year.
Both candidates are Demo-
crats, the winner will face Republican Reesa Monahan in the general election.
Palm, a bookkeeper from Victor, considered running in the past, but said the time didn’t feel right.
“I’d thought about running before, but I didn’t because I’ve always loved Bonnie Hatch and didn’t want to run against her,” Palm said. “When I heard she was retiring, I decided this was something I wanted to do.”
Church, a Driggs resident and lead auditor for the Teton County clerk’s office, decided to run after speaking with different members of the community.
“I have had several co-workers at the county tell me that I would make a great treasurer,” Church said. “I’m passionate about my work and think I could do a great job.”
If elected, Palm said she would like to make a smooth transition as she steps into office.
“I want to keep things going well,” Palm said. “But I’d also like to look for things I could make even better. I would talk with the staff, see what is working well and what I could improve.”
Church said, if elected, he would like to initiate some changes to make the office more efficient.
“The outgoing treasurer did a great job,” Church said. “But she did things her own way. I’d want to bring things a little more up to speed. I’d make online payments an option and would use email a lot more to help with the job.”
Palm said her ability to work with the public makes her an ideal candidate.
“I’ve heard that aside from the accounting aspect, the most important skill a treasurer can have is people skills,” Palm said. “I feel that I have the ability to work with county residents.”
Church said his experience working in the county offices makes him a good candidate.
“I’ve worked in the county offices for four years now and during that time I’ve worked with the current treasurer,” Church said. “I know what the job requires and I know what I need to do.”