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Mabry candidate for county treasurer

PRINCETON — Princeton resident Courtney Yates-Mabry has announced her candidacy for the office of Bureau County Treasurer.

Mabry will run on the Republican Party ticket in the March 2014 primary election. Current county treasurer Nina Urbanowski, who has held the office for 20 years, has announced she will not seek re-election.

In the press release announcing her candidacy, Mabry said she has worked under Urbanowski for the past eight years. During that time, she has gained a thorough understanding of how a well-functioning treasurer’s office should operate. She believes she can maintain that high standard of service while creating a more modern way of managing the county’s finances, Mabry said.

“I’m going to truly miss working with Nina, I’ll have big shoes to fill,” Mabry said. “I truly enjoy the work I do and will maintain the high standard that she has set.”

Born and raised in Wyanet, Mabry is the daughter of Bruce and Shelley Yates. Mabry graduated in 2000 from Bureau Valley High School in Manlius. After graduation, she worked at Amsouth Bank in Fort Myers, Fla., before returning to Wyanet and beginning work at Citizens First National Bank. She later worked in the Bureau County Circuit Clerk’s office under Mike Miroux before moving to the treasurer’s office.

“I just fell into something that I like to do,” Mabry said. “My time working with Nina has been an honor and a learning experience. It has made me the most qualified candidate to serve Bureau County.”

She married her husband, Josh Mabry, in 2006. Her husband, a life-long Princeton resident, works both at Pioneer Hi-Bred International and as a self-employed contractor. The Mabrys welcomed their children, twins Owen and Olivia, in June 2010, and attend Northwood Community Church in Peoria.

Looking again at her decision to run for the office of county treasurer, Mabry said her time in the Bureau County Treasurer’s office, working directly under Nina Urbanowski, has taught her how to effectively manage the county finances as well as efficiently and effectively run and manage the office.

At the same time, Mabry said she believes she can update the county treasurer’s office by using modern technology that would be more convenient for county taxpayers and would streamline and ease the way the county manages its finances.

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