Pendleton Republicans choose new clerk-treasurer

Pendleton Republicans choose new clerk-treasurer

By Stuart Hirsch | The Herald Bulletin

PENDLETON — Matt Roberts was selected Tuesday to serve out the term of the late Clerk-Treasurer Virgil Mabrey. Madison County Republican Party Chairman Russ Willis cast the deciding vote in favor of Roberts at a party caucus in the Pendleton Town Hall. The other candidate seeking the office was former Town Councilman Mike Romack. Roberts, 39, and his wife have lived in Pendleton for 12 years. “We stumbled upon Falls Park in beautiful downtown Pendleton one fall afternoon,” Roberts told caucus members. “We were attracted to this community because of the amenities and the small-town charm.” He serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Pendleton Planning Commission, utility rate board and Economic Development Commission. Roberts said his goal in 2019 is to maintain the functions of the office before running for the office next year. “I’ve been a manager. I’m a servant leader . . . I’ll find out the best way I can serve them,” he said, referring to the clerk’s staff. “After I’m up to speed I’ll focus on the campaign.” Mabrey, 72, was three years into his term as clerk-treasurer when he died unexpectedly on Nov. 17. Romack was elected in 2015 to represent Pendleton Town Council District 2. He was forced to resign in April after a town resident pointed out his home at 400 E. Madison Ave. was located on the wrong side of the road, just a few feet outside the district boundary. Like Stu Hirsch on Facebook and follow him @stuhirsch on Twitter, or call 765-640-4861.