New Democratic candidate enters race for controller after Miele drops out
Aug 31, 2023
Mary Wright, a Democrat, is running for controller in the City of Williamsport, after Councilwoman Liz Miele dropped out of the race, pitting Wright against incumbent Controller Margaret Peg Woodring.
“I am running for comptroller because Williamsport is facing financial challenges and needs someone with skills, temperament and willingness to make change,” Wright said in a statement.
“I am that candidate,” she said. “I will safeguard taxpayers’ dollars and will not shy away from asking questions,” she added.
Wright’s been a resident for 25 years.
“It’s been a great place to work, raise children and actively serve my community,” she said.
Wright brings her broad business and managerial experience across multiple industries.
“My experience includes developing budgets, creating and implementing financial systems and overseeing contracts,” she said.
She has strengths in reviewing, researching and implementing systems to improve efficiency.
These, she said, will serve this office well.
“I am, by nature, inquisitive and have a great respect for rules and regulations,” she said.
Transparency and accountability are key to good governance.
“I have the will and the ability to ensure the accuracy of city records, and the appropriateness of expenditures,” she added.
Miele noted in a publication she wished Wright all the best in the controller’s race and did not want to see a contested race leading into the general election on Nov. 7.
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