Republican Harper elected city treasurer

The race for Marietta City Treasurer ended with Republican Cathy Harper the clear winner over Democratic opponent Willa O’Neill, according to the final but unofficial results of Tuesday’s general election.

Harper took 1,477 votes over O’Neill’s 862 in the treasurer contest.

“I’m really humbled that I’ve had so much support in this election,” Harper said. “We did a lot of campaigning, literally from one door to the next.”

She thanked her family and GOP members who put in a lot of work to garner the votes that will place her in the treasurer’s post being vacated by 20-year veteran Republican treasurer Valerie Holley.

This wasn’t Harper’s first political campaign. She has previously served on Marietta City Council, and even made a bid for the mayoral office in 2003.

The campaign was a first public office bid for O’Neill, who voiced plenty of appreciation for the support she’s had from friends, family, and fellow Democratic Party members.

“When you have so many good people who have believed in you, this has been a good experience,” she said. “And I’m proud that we’ve taken the high road in this election. It’s been a good learning experience, thanks to some of the hardest-working people I’ve ever known who want Marietta to be the best it can be.”

Harper said during the campaign people were often confused about the job of city treasurer.

“So one goal I have is to do a quarterly column in the newspaper, showing our city’s financial condition and informing the community about what the treasurer’s office is doing,” she said.

Harper added that she’ll have a hard act to follow with Holley’s years of experience.

“She’s been in that office for 20 years now, and I hope to be able to step right in and continue that service,” she said.

Harper will be sworn into office in January.