County auditor Giddings will call 2020 her last year in position

When the general election rolls around in November, the ballot will look somewhat strange to Franklin County Auditor Michelle Giddings.

Giddings, who was first elected auditor in 2000, has announced that she will not seek reelection to the position next year when her term is up. This will mark the first time in six elections she will not see her name on the ballot or on the final tally once votes are counted.

“It’ll be different because I’ve always had my name on the ballot,” she said, with a laugh.

Giddings first came to the Franklin County Auditor’s Office 32 years ago as a real estate and drainage clerk, before moving through the office in accounts payable and budgeting, eventually electing to run for the auditor’s position more than 10 years after joining the office.

Giddings said she first ran to fill the need of of a county auditor with experience, but duties of the job are what encouraged her to continue to run for reelection.

“I enjoy the job, I enjoy what I do,” she said. “I like numbers, you have to be a financial-type person and you’ve got to be an organized person to try to keep things together and in line. I just enjoy the work.”

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