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Dunbar GOP candidate for city clerk-treasurer

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lynda Durham Dunbar is the Republican candidate for Greencastle city clerk-treasurer in the Nov. 8 municipal election.

In this time of tight budgets, Dunbar said she is ready to "find ways to reduce cost, especially the current reliance on outside accounting services."

With an accounting background and experience as a local business owner, she promises to bring to city government "a new set of eyes to find ways of reducing costs without diminishing current level of service."

Dunbar said she looks forward to assisting the mayor and city department heads, as clerk-treasurer, in providing "accurate financial information and fiscal guidance so they can make the best decisions for our city."

A 1983 Greencastle High School graduate, she attended the University of Indianapolis and graduated with a B.S. degree in accounting in 1987.

After college, she went to work for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), an agency within the Department of Defense (DoD). There she performed audits and reported audit findings to assist in negotiations between DoD and defense contractors.

With her government experience, she later took a job with CHAMPUS Insurance Co., a division of Blue Cross Blue Shield, where she prepared proposals for insurance service provided to military families. In 1991, she began working for the Internal Revenue Service, assisting taxpayers with tax questions and problems with their tax returns.

When her husband Scott was transferred to Detroit in 1994, she started an embroidery and screen-printing business, which she sold in 2002 so they could return to Greencastle to raise their two sons "in a family-friendly environment."

As a downtown business owner, Dunbar is starting her sixth year owning and operating Treasures On The Square, a popular café across from the courthouse at 2 W. Washington St.

The oldest daughter of Gerald and Miriam Durham, both Greencastle residents, she was raised in the Second Ward with a brother and a sister.

She and husband Scott have been married 22 years and have two sons, Kyle, a freshman at the University of Indianapolis, and Elliot, a sophomore at Greencastle High School.

Along with being involved with her family and her business, Dunbar is an active member of First Baptist Church, where she has served on several boards and committees. She is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the local Kiwanis Club.