Q&A with Bob Muni, Republican candidate for Douglas County treasurer

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City or town of residence: Highlands Ranch, five years and nine months

Profession: Senior Loan Officer, Mortgage Lender

Related elected-office or public-service experience: Appointed by three Republican governors as chairman of the board of trustees for statewide school district overseeing a government budget of over $120 million. Member of Denver Senior Coalition, Financial Services Professionals, National Association of Realtors, Colorado Association of Realtors, South Metro Denver Realtor Association. Board member for nonprofits working with Head Start graduates and at-risk youth. Board member, Hope Online Learning Academy.

Why are you seeking this office?

I have a heart to serve, the skillset to lead and the drive to accomplish what needs to be done in this capacity. I am experienced and want to use my expertise to maintain the integrity of this office while protecting your assets. Good stewardship is my top priority.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

My experience is perfectly suited to the duties of treasurer. I am familiar with large government budgets. As a pastor, missionary and serving on nonprofit boards, I have honed the skills to stretch dollars, find savings and achieve a high level of stewardship protecting other people's money. I successfully managed the mortgage department of a community bank, increasing my knowledge of banking and finance. I have spent the last 26 years managing money and people as a lender and realtor. I have managed staffs up to 32, overseen corporate and government audits and financial reporting for non-profit organizations.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

My top two priorities as treasurer are to serve the best interests of the citizens by ensuring tax dollars are invested wisely and remaining vigilant in fighting waste, fraud and abuse. I will strive to maximize efficiencies to save and stretch tax dollars. The Douglas County treasurer's office will be transparent and accountable to all the citizens in Douglas County.

What else should the voters know about you?

I have been married for 41 years, have five grown married children and seven grandchildren. We attend Cherry Hills Community Church, serving on the Alpha Team. We homeschooled all our children and led the efforts to change the laws thereby legalizing home education. Our family spent five years as missionaries in New Zealand planting a church. I have strived to benefit others in whatever I have done, from vocational ministry, to serving on many boards, to helping people in the largest financial transaction of their lives as a realtor and lender.

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