Prodan announces candidacy for county treasurer

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FARMINGTON — Pamela Prodan of Wilton has announced that she will run for county treasurer of Franklin County in the upcoming November election. Prodan, who is an attorney by trade, said that her qualifications make her a strong candidate for this office.

Five years ago, Prodan became interested in accounting and finance. She decided to take a college-level course in it. “I started out with governmental and not-for-profit accounting,” she said. That was a fairly advanced course, but Prodan enjoyed it and did well in it. She went on to take more accounting courses. “I decided to start at the beginning. I took two semesters of beginning accounting, and then I took two semesters of intermediate accounting. I have also taken advanced courses, including auditing and assurance.” She has taken all her accounting courses at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Having taken courses so recently, Prodan says she has a good understanding of the standards and procedures of financial accounting and the emerging issues. If there is any question about how to handle something, Prodan says she will research it and find the answer.

“I also have a lot of common sense,” she says, “having been self-employed in business all my life.” Prodan started her own graphics business in high school, making posters and signs, and then she developed a successful line of hand-silkscreened quilt notecards that she marketed wholesale and retail out of her studio in Wilton, including at craft fairs. Prodan has also had a private-law practice for the last 17 years.

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“I have always believed very strongly in serving the public interest and I am very happy to be a candidate. I look forward to serving people living in Franklin County, and I think I will be effective,” she said.

“My goals as county treasurer will be government transparency and accountability,” said Prodan, adding that part of the job of the county treasurer is to report on the financial condition of the county. The county treasurer does not have a vote or make public policy, but acts only according to statute, with the approval of the county commissioners.

Prodan has volunteered in her community, serving on the Wilton Conservation Commission, and she was one of the founders of Foothills Land Conservancy, a local land trust. She has been active as a volunteer in that group, and in the Tumbledown Conservation Alliance.

Since 1972, Prodan has lived on a small farm in Wilton on the Weld Road, and has had a roadside stand selling fresh organic vegetables for many years. She enjoys gardening, working in the woodlot, and tending the farm animals.

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