If she is elected to continue in her position, Hunter said she would work on “modernizing” some of the processes in the treasurer’s office to make things more efficient. “I come from a technology background and there’s a lot we can do to automate things in the office that have been done manually in the past,” she said.
While the county treasurer is seen as an analytical position, Hunter said she also has a creative side — her undergraduate degree is in art. “I think some of that creates good structure and kind of a well-rounded person,” she said. “In my spare time, I do like to create art”
Hunter grew up in Jefferson County, and moved to Carbondale in 1999, according to her online bio. She’s a member of the Carbondale Rotary Breakfast Club, Women United Network, and enjoys volunteering throughout the community.
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D. Jason Svanda is the Republican candidate challenging Hunter for her seat. Throughout his career, the Murphysboro native said, he has worked with finances in multiple insurance companies and agencies. His role in one of those companies, Svanda said, was to ensure profitability and market competitiveness for 135 insurance agencies and 17 mutual insurance companies.
The political landscape isn’t a new one for Svanda — he is a graduate of SIU Carbondale with a degree in political science and public administration. In addition, he said he’s interned with former Republican State Sen. Ralph Dunn, former State Rep. Mike Bost — who is now a U.S. congressman — and former GOP State Sen. David Luechtefeld. He currently serves as the chairman for the Jackson County Republican Central Committee.