RUMFORD – A veteran deputy town clerk and an experienced accountant are facing off for the position of town clerk and treasurer.

Jane Giasson, 57, of Swift Avenue, who has been deputy town clerk for 16 years, and Cynthia L. Kelley, 49, of Pine Street, are vying for the one year remaining in the term being vacated by Mary Ann Prue. Prue is retiring from the position next week.

Giasson is certified by the Maine Municipal Association as a town clerk and treasurer, and has often filled that position in the absence of the town clerk, including presiding over municipal and state elections. She also completes the weekly municipal payroll.

“I have the experience and I like working with the public. There are a lot of interesting aspects to the job,” she said.

One of those interesting aspects is working with vital statistics. Although most of the functions completed in the town office are computerized, the vital statistic records are not. Getting that data on computer is one of her long-term plans.

Giasson is a lifelong resident of the town. She graduated from Stephens High School and is a member of St. Athanasius and St. John Church and the Daughters of Isabella.

“I believe my experience will benefit the town,” she said.

She and her husband, Arthur, a retired high school teacher, are the parents of three adult children and the grandparents of three.

Kelley grew up in Rumford, left the area for a while, then returned in 1985. She graduated from Rumford High School and from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in business administration and accounting.

She has served as an accountant for a number of firms and has taught accounting and bookkeeping in the adult education programs of SAD 44 and the Region 9 School of Applied Technology.

This is Kelley’s first run for public office.

“When I read that Mary Ann was retiring, I thought this would be a great opportunity for me. I have many years of experience as an accountant and a lot of experience with computers. I love working with people,” she said. “Perhaps I can bring a new perspective to the office.”

She is the treasurer and race secretary for the Chisholm Ski Club, a past board member for St. Athanasius and St. John School, and president of the Worthley Pond Association.

Her daughter will graduate from Mountain Valley High School next week.

Elections take place June 10 at the American Legion Hall on Congress Street.

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