Rachel Garver, a longtime Lancaster County Democratic Party volunteer, has announced she's running for Lancaster County treasurer.

Garver has 24 years of experience working in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Office of Student Accounts and is responsible for more than $400 million in billing and collections annually, according to her release.

Garver provides programming, works with technological advancements in the office and supervises staff.

The treasurer’s office collects property taxes to be distributed to other local governmental entities and oversees motor vehicle registrations and titles for vehicle owners in Lancaster County. 

Garver said she will bring “something that is sorely lacking in the county treasurer’s office — successful billing, collections and accounting experience.”

Garver said she will bring trust back to the treasurer’s office and serve as a positive role model to girls and women.

“In today’s business world, women have come to realize that gender balance is desperately needed in management to bring fairness into the workplace,” she said in a news release.

Garver is the fifth person to announce a bid for the treasurer’s office and the second Democrat, assuring a race in both parties in the May primary.

Incumbent Andy Stebbing, who faces five felony charges related to selling used vehicles, is running for a third term.

His legal problems led others to run for the office. Most of the candidates have directly or indirectly referred to Stebbing's legal problems, and say they will bring trust back to the office.

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Two Republican candidates, Allen Simpson and Matt Schulte, will face Stebbing in the primary.

Garver and Andrew Stock are candidates on the Democratic ticket.

Garver, who has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, is married to Jim Garver, a member of the Southeast Community College Board of Governors. They have three adult sons.

Rachel Garver is actively involved in the community and her church, Sacred Winds Native American Mission Church, according to her news release.

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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