Rice retains treasurer’s job
by Rachel Davis
Mar 14, 2012 | 1714 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sheila Rice, center, seeks election returns Tuesday night at the CHS Building in downtown Jasper. Rice was re-elected as Walker County Treasurer with 57 percent of the vote over her opponent Eddie Miller. - Photo by: James Phillips
Sheila Rice, center, seeks election returns Tuesday night at the CHS Building in downtown Jasper. Rice was re-elected as Walker County Treasurer with 57 percent of the vote over her opponent Eddie Miller. - Photo by: James Phillips
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Sheila Rice is excited to be serving Walker County for another four years as county treasurer. Rice won the Republican nomination Tuesday night over challenger Eddie Miller, receiving more than 57 percent of the vote. No Democrat qualified to run for treasurer in the fall so Rice wins the position without having to campaign again.

“I am glad it’s over with; I’m glad it’s done,” Rice said “It’s been an exciting campaign, I was telling someone earlier, it’s been a little different than my last one. I had some things come up where my signs have been stolen, so I’ve had to replace some signs. I’ve had to work doubly hard, but I’ve had lots of great people helping me. People have just come through for me, so tonight we came through again. Thanks to all the folks that helped me and we made it again. I am so proud to be serving Walker County again.”

Rice originally ran for treasurer in 2008, bringing more than 25 years of accounting experience to the position. When she took office in January of 2009, she quickly sent a letter to the State Examiner’s Office, requesting an immediate audit of the county’s finances.

“I have also requested yearly audits, which they have been doing,” Rice said. “Every audit that we’ve had has come out with no non-compliance issues, so every penny has been accounted for. That was my goal when I went into office. I think the people of the county deserve that.”

Rice said her goal was always to make sure every cent of county money could be accounted for and balanced out. She campaigned on her record and the records of those state audits.

Rice was surrounded by family as the election results were read at the Community Health Systems Activities Center Tuesday night, celebrating her win with her husband of 25 years, Charlie, and their two children, Destiny, a UAB student, and Garrett, a Curry Elementary School student.

“I’m just very excited, ecstatic to have won tonight,” Rice said, as the final results rolled in. “Thank you so much to the people who supported me. I am here to work for all the people in the county. I appreciate all the support and I appreciate everyone coming out and voting. I’m excited to keep my job, do the best I can and continue to reach my goal of every penny accounted for.”

Rice finished the race with 4,990 votes, compared to Miller’s 3,698, before the provisional ballot count.

Constable results

In the two county constable votes, Bruce Travis won the Democratic bid for Beat 42 and Jerald Watts won the Republican nod for Beat 21.