Mark Siedlecki Thanks Supporters, Congratulates Marty Haynes

Friday, August 5, 2016

It has truly been an honor to be the Democratic nominee for Hamilton County assessor of property. It has been a tremendous experience to meet so many new people and hear their stories. I could not have done as well as I did without a generous and expansive group of supporters and volunteers. I am eternally grateful for their assistance and for their faith in me. 

I congratulate Commissioner Marty Haynes on a hard-fought victory and I wish him the best of luck. His successful administration of the office will benefit us all. 

Going forward, I will continue to advocate for a program in which I deeply believe: Senior Tax Freeze. It protects struggling seniors in the event of a tax rate increase but more importantly from rises in assessments. Due to gentrification and other factors, many seniors will see rises in assessments next year. I strongly encourage the county commission to enact Senior Tax Freeze before that happens. 

Elections are about offering different ideas and solutions. To the voters who chose me, thank you for the honor. To those who didn’t, thank you for participating in our Democratic process. It is what makes America the greatest country in the world. Our votes are precious rights, and we should exercise them at every opportunity. Thank you for everything. 

Mark Siedlecki


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