Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Commissioner of Revenue Race

Dear Friend,

As you may have heard I am the Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Revenue of Rockingham County. Needless to say I’m excited and a bit nervous. As this is my first campaign for public office so I’ve been reading and learning about the process as I go.

Being actively involved in community and church is not new to me so I feel I’m up for the challenge. I have worked hard to establish myself in the community as someone who will work until the job is done. This campaign is no different. I feel that the time has come for me to offer myself as a servant in the public arena. I am hopeful that I can bring a new prospective, fresh look and a customer focus to the office of Commissioner of Revenue.

The Commissioner of Revenue position is a Constitutional Position that is elected by the citizens of Rockingham County every four years. The Commissioner of Revenue is responsible for the land use, personal property, real estate and state income tax departments. My experience in the following areas makes me qualified for the position:

0 I have managed a multi-million dollar budget. This budget required a review and adjustment every 3 months.
0 I was a licensed Realtor in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County. During this time I interacted successfully with buyers, sellers, financial institutions and government agencies.
0 I have been a manager for over 15 years and am currently the Information Technology Training and Development manager at James Madison University. At JMU, I teach computer skills to various personnel. My current position requires me to fully understand business processes before training can be developed and delivered. This requirement will be needed in the Commissioner of Revenue office as business processes and work flows are reviewed for efficiency.

As you can see, I am excited at the possibility of serving the people of Rockingham County.

But before I can serve I must conduct a very aggressive campaign. My opponent has been in office for eight years. He ran unopposed in the last election. This is one more reason I feel strongly that I must step forward to offer the voters of Rockingham County a choice.

To be successful in this endeavor it will take a very strong and dedicated grass roots organization. I believe the voters of Rockingham County will step forward with me in a united volunteer effort.

With brochures to purchase, yard signs to order, radio ads to place, and the county of Rockingham to cover, I will need help. I am turning to the people who have a strong desire to want the best for Rockingham County and respectfully invite you to get involved in my campaign and help make a difference.

Your early contribution, made payable to “Friends of Esther Nizer” will give the race a tremendous boost right out of the starting block.

Your gift of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will help me raise the vital “early seed money” I need to successfully launch this campaign.

My anticipated budget is $15,000 and my goal is to raise $8,000 by August 1st.. I humbly ask for your support in helping reach this challenge.

My contact information is:
Esther Nizer for Commissioner
P.O. 53
Penn Laird, VA 22846

Thanking you in advance for your encouragement, generous support, and prayers. I am most grateful for your support.

Sincerely yours,

Esther M. Nizer
“Virginia law requires all candidate campaign committees to maintain a record of the name, mailing address, job title or profession and name of employee or employee’s specific field for each individual who contributes to our committee. Your information will not be reported if your cumulative contribution is $100 or less for this campaign.”


Anonymous said...

I do believe we need some fresh air in this office. You've got my vote.

Anonymous said...

I went on the web to look at my choices before I vote, and I can't find anything on the current Commissioner of Revenue. If this person has held the office for eight years, where is the info.? What good have they done? If I were in a race for a public vote, I would have a list of my pros for the public to read. Unless I had no pros and was just hagging on for a fat paycheck.

Anonymous said...

Wanted to hear others views on how they feel both campaigns are going. What are the strengths and weaknesses you have seen with both sides of the campaigns?