Burcham keeps treasurer seat

Published 5:06 am Wednesday, November 5, 2008


PROCTORVILLE — In an almost two to one win Stephen Burcham easily took his second term as Lawrence County treasurer defeating South Point businessman Perry Brock.

The Rome Township resident pulled 16,260 or 62 per cent of the vote over Brock’s 9,928.

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Burcham, a CPA and financial adviser, ran on his record of making the office more accessible to the public from setting up a program where homeowners can pay their real estate taxes at six of the county’s seven banks to providing a tax bill that shows the allocation of funds to the various taxing agencies.

Throughout the night Burcham, whose first try for elective office was four years ago when he ran for treasurer, maintained his lead over Brock from the earliest count.

Brock, owner and operator of Brock Vault Co., ran on his experience as a businessman and his three terms as a Fayette Township trustee.

Burcham waited for the results from the steps of the courthouse, away from his second floor office where staff and supporters had gathered. As the final results showed his win, Burcham said he wanted to compliment Brock for running a clean race. It was a decision the two men had made early on in the campaign.

Admitting that he was disappointed there weren’t more Democratic victories in the local races, Burcham vowed to continue running the office in a “transparent” fashion.

Brock, reached on his cell phone, said he wanted to congratulate Burcham on his win.

“And I would like to thank all the voters who did support me,” he said.