The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, August 23, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Gail Lynch Abbott, one of three candidates running for the office of Franklin County Treasurer, said Thursday she thinks her education, experience and seasonal work in the treasurer's office in the early 90s qualifies her for the position.
Abbott, 54, is running as a Democrat.
A special election is being held in conjunction with the general election on Nov. 5 because current Treasurer Lynda Messenger is retiring.
Abbott said she was a seasonal worker in the treasurer's office for about two years.
"My short experience there taught me so much about interacting with the public," Abbott said.
Abbott is a graduate of Franklin County High School and received her Bachelor's of Business Administration degree in accounting from Radford University.
From 1987 to 1990, Abbott was a trust officer with Signet Trust Co. in Roanoke, where she managed and invested money for employees' benefit plans in Southwestern Virginia.
She is currently part owner of Nancy Lynch & Associates Inc. in Rocky Mount. Her responsibilities include account management, supervising clerical staff and developing new clients.
"I believe these skills would be useful if elected treasurer," Abbott said.
Abbott has been a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts, former treasurer of the Burnt Chimney Elementary School PTO and currently serves on the board of directors of the Free Clinic of Franklin County.
A lifelong member of Redwood United Methodist Church, Abbott is chairperson of the finance committee, chairperson of the young adult and youth ministry committee and sings in the choir.
She is married to John Abbott of Wirtz, and the couple has one son, Ryan, who is a student at New River Community College.
The other two candidates for treasurer in the special election are Susan Wray and Bradford Archer.