Sheila Ritter hopes to continue working for tax payers through re-election as Richland County Treasurer.
She was first elected as treasurer in 1994.
Ritter says that now she is even more interested in serving because she has seen how difficult it is for taxpayers to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living.  
“I’m more motivated than ever to lobby for lower taxes and a wiser use of tax dollars,” she said.
Ritter emphasized the importance of running her office efficiently.
Using automation and technology and reducing staff, Ritter says, keeps her office expenses at a minimum.    
She believes her experience and history as a fiscally conservative treasurer allow her to put taxpayers first.
She said, “I have never forgotten who elected me. Taxpayers elected me and that is who I work for. From the first day to the last.”
“The people who come into my office are my boss, and I need to do the best I possibly can for them. I require my employees to do the same thing. It’s important for me to go above and beyond what the statutes say I need to do,” she said.
As treasurer, Ritter initiated a pre-payment program to incentivize budgeting for tax payments which allows taxpayers to pay monthly over time rather than in two installments.
Ritter says she is working on new initiatives to make payments easier for taxpayers which include a debit/credit payment system. "In fact," Ritter says, "the state's attorney is currently reviewing a contract so I can initiate those services to be available to taxpayers in the next few weeks."
She intends to continue her open door policy, welcoming in citizens who need or desire information about any county operation.
Ritter says she strives to keep taxpayer money inside the county by working with local businesses and financial institutions and getting the best rates possible by choosing different types of investments that are safe and liquid.
“Over the years I’ve been accountable to taxpayers, I’ve been transparent … my audits have always been clean …”
 “You need to do the job the best you can for the people who pay your salary. I make taxpayer business my only business,” she said.
Ritter’s roots run deep in Richland County, where she was born and raised and where her family operates farms.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Illinois, and has many years of volunteer experience with the Olney Arts Council, Olney Fall Festival, and planning elementary grassroots programs.
As Director on the Olney Public Library Board, Ritter is especially proud of her role in encouraging the board to partner with Rotary to bring the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit to the community, which attracted over 4,000 visitors in a two-day timespan.
Ritter said, “My philosophy is not only to do the best I can in my professional life, but to be the best citizen I can be. To offer whatever support and help I can in community projects.”
Election Day is November 6.