Longtime Community Leader Wins Full Term as Polk County Treasurer

Polk County Treasurer Mary Wells won her first race Tuesday against Chris Cutler, an accountant with the Polk County Auditor’s Office.

In the unofficial results, Wells beat Cutler 79% to 21%.

Wells, a longtime employee of the Treasurer’s Office, was named in 2021 to succeed Treasurer Mary Maloney, who died suddenly in her seventh term.

Wells is expected to win the Nov. 8 election as no Republican candidate is running for the job.

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The county treasurer oversees two main functions: the collection of property taxes and the issuance of vehicle registrations.

Wells is the co-founder and president of Investing in My Future, a Des Moines-based nonprofit organization established in 2010 to provide programs that help African American children understand the value of an education and empower them. prepare to become leaders, according to the group. website.

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Ahead of the primary, Wells said her experience managing billion-dollar investment budgets and portfolios set her apart in the race.

“While the Treasurer’s Office handles the money, it’s more than dollars and cents on a budget or a spreadsheet. It takes a leader with extensive experience to provide the service that county residents Polk deserve and to be an effective steward of our public funds,” Wells said.

Cutler had criticized wait times for service at Wells’ office, which have increased during the pandemic, and Wells’ practice of closing the office every third Thursday of the month for meetings.

Teresa Kay Albertson covers the southern suburbs of Des Moines for the Register and the Indianola Record-Herald. Contact her at [email protected] or 515-419-6098.

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