Barry Wright files petition Resigns position as Blair County Assistant Treasurer

Republican Commissoner contender Barry Wright made his candidacy official yesterday by filing election petitions with more than 1,800 names to the Blair County Board of Elections a day ahead of schedule. The deadline for filing petitions for the May 20 ballot is today.
Wright has also announced that he will resign his job as Blair County Deputy Treasurer, effective the end of the week in order to devote his energy to the campaign.
“I am grateful that Fred Foreman gave me the opportunity to serve the public as Deputy Treasurer,” said Wright, who has held the post for a year and a half. “I don’t think it would be fair to the taxpayers, nor Fred, if I campaigned while holding the position. It’s a full-time job, just as the Commissioner’s post is. I will give that job all my energy as well.”
To get your name on the ballot for Blair County Commissioner, the candidate must botain at least 100 signatures.
“I’ve had very encouraging support and feedback from Blair County residents who want a full-time commissioner who is accessible to them,” said Wright. “In obtaining nearly 20-times the number of signatures needed for a legal petition, I feel the public wants a commissioner who has never voted for a tax increase despite 10 years of public service.
The most common reaction I got from our neighbors is how much we pay our commissioners, who basically work part-time at the Courthouse,” said Wright. “If I’m not awat at a meeting, I’ll be at my desk as commissioner every day, just like most people expect. And I will turn back the annual pay raises the commissioners have voted themselves. This is a time when so many are doing without and I think we should lead by example.”