Young, Hilpipre won’t seek re-election

Supervisor, treasurer to step down at end of year

Two Hamilton County office holders announced Tuesday morning that they would not seek re-election this year.

Supervisor David Young and Treasurer Joni Hilpipre both said they would step down at the end of 2018. The announcement came at the conclusion of the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Young was elected in 2000 and served until 2002 when there was a reorganization of voting districts. Young and Dick Barkema ended up in the same district. Both ran for the seat and Barkema won the race. Young was elected to fill the seat a year later following the death of Barkema. Young has been on the board from 2004 until the present.

“It’s time for me to step down,” he said. “It’s time for a new face and new blood.”

Young, of Stanhope, serves the southern portion of the county.

Hilpipre was elected four years ago after the previous treasurer, Shari Vermett, retired.

“I’ve actually only been in office four years, but I’ve worked in treasurer’s office for 43 and a half years.” she said.

“I’m ready to retire, also, take it easy and spend time with my grandchildren,” Hilpipre said. “Even though I love the office, it’s time for me to retire.”

Hipipre and Young are both Republicans. One Democratic candidate, Colleen Hansen, has announced her intentions to run for County Treasurer.