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March 19, 2018

3/6/2018 3:45:00 PM
Jim Milliken seeking Republican nomination for County Auditor
Jim Milliken
Jim Milliken

Conservative Republican Jim Milliken has announced his candidacy for Jackson County Auditor. Milliken is running to replace Clyde Holdren, who is retiring when his term expires.

Throughout his career, Milliken has played an active role in his community including serving as the Director of the Jackson County Board of Elections, Regional Liaison for Secretary of State Jon Husted, Chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party, and currently as President of Coalton Village Council.

"I'm a fiscally conservative Republican who believes we need a fiscally conservative operating budget that keeps government spending in check and we protect every penny of our hard-earned tax dollars. I'll work to make the Jackson County Auditor's Office more customer and business friendly, work to update much needed technology, and will be your taxpayer watchdog. After all, I believe government should be as good as the people that it serves," said Milliken.

While Director of the Jackson County Board of Elections, the elections office moved from the basement of the courthouse to its current location on Portsmouth Street.

"When I became Director in 2006, it was the first year of early absentee voting," Milliken said. "I could see that this was going to mushroom and more people would take advantage of this way of voting, and we needed a more customer-friendly location for our citizens." Prior to Milliken being Director, the Board of Elections spent $10,000 to $12,000 per year on election support. Within three years, Jim had eliminated that expenditure and those savings continue today. He also created a website to keep the voters better informed of the election process.

"My former boss Jon Husted said it best 'you leave the store in better condition than when you came in,'" Milliken said. "I have always worked like I owned the store. I did that while Director of the Jackson County Board of Elections and Chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party. I'll do the same as your next Jackson County Auditor."

Milliken is concerned about the increasing budget and the fiscal health of Jackson County. "Jackson County is facing some difficult times ahead with the future loss of Medicaid Sales Tax and loss of revenue due to businesses closing in Jackson County. Tough decisions need to be made, I feel I am the person who can help in making those decisions," Milliken said. "As Auditor, I will work hard to protect every penny of public dollars while also working diligently to protect our taxpayers."

"I appreciate the service of Clyde Holdren and truly wish him well in his retirement," said Milliken.

Born and raised in Jackson County, Jim Milliken's parents instilled in him a strong work ethic with rock-solid beliefs and values. Together, Jim and his wife Kim have four children and seven grandchildren, most of whom live right here in Jackson County. Jim is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Communications.

Jim has given generously of his time and talents to many local organizations including the Jackson County Agricultural Society and the Coalton Historical Society. He is also a member of the Jackson/Vinton County Farm Bureau, Jackson County Republican Party Central Committee, the Jackson County Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association and the National Rifle Association.

More information about his campaign and his plans as Auditor can be found on Facebook at Elect Jim Milliken, Jackson County Auditor 2018 or by calling Jim at 740-395-1502.

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