Longtime Mills County resident, Craig Florian of Glenwood recently announced his decision to run for the Office of Mills County Treasurer in the Nov. 2 general election. Florian, an Independent, will be on the ballot as a candidate by petition. He’s be opposing Republican Becky Dix Killpack.
Florian is a former deputy treasurer of Mills County and currently serves as a Glenwood City Councilman. He graduated from Glenwood Community High School in 1986 and Wayne State College (Neb.) in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in communications.
Florian was hired by former treasurer, Lesta Kahl to work in the treasurer’s office in 1998 and was soon appointed to the position of deputy treasurer. He was largely responsible for driver’s license issuance and state vehicle drive testing. Florian said after serving for nearly five years, he gained an overall knowledge of the treasurer’s responsibilities in preparation for a possible future run at the office.
After a failed campaign in 2002 against incumbent treasurer Janette Blackburn, Florian successfully ran for a seat on the Glenwood City Council in 2003, where he continues to represent Ward I.
“After serving for seven years, I still believe one person can make a difference,” Florian said. “I know that sounds cheesy, I may not always win, but I always did what I thought was right and fair to the people I represent.”
Since leaving the treasurer’s office in 2002, Florian has worked in management for the Pamida department store chain. After starting in Glenwood, Florian was later promoted to the corporate office in Omaha, where he was responsible for customer service, corporate communications and grand opening coordination. In 2008, when the retail industry suffered challenging setbacks, Pamida was not immune. A reduction in the Pamida corporate force of nearly half required Florian to change positions once again and transfer to the Plattsmouth, Neb., store where he currently is employed as the assistant manager.
Florian said he believes the Mills County Treasurer must be a talented individual with a clear vision, proven leadership, knowledge of the position and an ability to effectively deal with the public. He said he looks forward to the possibility of serving the citizens of Mills County once again.