Incumbent assessor on track to fifth term
Snyderville Basin Republican Eugene Lambert ended his bid to replace Summit County Assessor Barbara Kresser, leaving the Democratic incumbent to likely serve a fifth term in office.
"It didn’t surprise me," Kresser said about Lambert’s withdrawal. "[Lambert] has always been supportive and a team player."
A 16-year Assessor’s Office employee, Lambert entered the race last spring after Pinebrook Democrat Ron Perry challenged Kresser.
Kresser trounced Perry in the June primary and since then Lambert was expected to concede the race after he appeared in advertisements for Kresser’s campaign.
But Lambert told The Park Record after the primary that he wouldn’t likely withdraw.
"It created a question maybe in terms of my relationship with Barbara here in the office," Lambert said Monday. "It appeared that it would be cleaner and there would be less question of whether or not I truly support Barbara if I took the name off the ballot."
With no opponent, "she’s in good shape to win," he added.
"[Kresser] is a very capable person," Lambert said. "She is very close to what is going on in the office and manages it very well."
Lambert insisted he wanted the job had Perry defeated Kresser in June.
"I had no idea how the primary selection process would come out," he said. "I thought it would be good to have my hat in the ring in the event Barbara didn’t win."
But Kresser received more the 70 percent of the votes in the June 27 primary.
Though last year she considered retirement, Kresser insisted she would serve her entire fifth term.
"I was elected to serve four year and I’ll do it," she said.
Among Kresser’s duties are determining market value of property in Summit County for tax purposes and granting property-tax exemptions.
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