Republican auditor, council president offices to be decided May 4 in Belpre

Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 5:53 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 23, 2021 at 9:00 PM EDT
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BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) - Leslie Pittenger, Belpre’s auditor for 12 years, is stepping down at the end of this year.

The two candidates to replace her both have backgrounds in business and finance.

“She’s done really great in her tenure,” noted Alison Holland, one of those candidates, “and I would really like to build on what she has built, and hopefully bring some new ideas to the table.”

Holland currently owns a tax preparation service . Tina Nolan, the other Republican candidate, has worked in accounting for the medical industry, and believes she can fit in at Belpre City Hall.

“I have had employees underneath me,” Nolan says, “and I have worked with staffing with the doctors that I have been affiliated with, and I believe we will work well together.”

While the auditor’s office doesn’t work directly with economic development, Holland and Nolan are both encouraged by the city’s recent growth. Holland believes that can continue.

“What kind of industries can we bring to the area, what kind of federal and state grants are there, that we can obtain to bring industry to the area, bring jobs, help our senior citizens.”

Nolan believes Belpre has economically survived COVID-19, but some were left without services.

“Due to COVID, the senior center has been shut down. I feel for the elderly for that reason, because I believe there are many people who enjoy that.”

Holland moved to Belpre in 1993, and has raised a family there. Nolan is a Belpre native. Both graduated from Belpre High School.

There is one contested Republican race for Belpre City Council. Current council president Larry Martin is being challenged for the seat by Council-at-Large member Donna Miller.

Martin, elected as an at-large councilman, was appointed Council President at the beginning of the current term.

No Democrats filed to run for the two offices.

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