(BEDFORD) – Jody R. Edwards (Deckard) has announced her candidacy as a Republican for Lawrence County Treasurer in the 2020 election.
Edwards is currently serving her 2nd term as County Auditor. She has been in the Auditor’s Office for 15 years previously serving as Bookkeeper Deputy and 1st Deputy.
In 2018 she received the Award of Excellence from the Association of Indiana County Institute for Continuing Education. Throughout her professional life, Edwards has served several key roles in her positions with local businesses including the role of Bookkeeper at Mullis Petroleum and Tri-Angle Construction, as well as serving the needs of the community at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.
She is a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, growing up on a farm in the Guthrie area and graduating in the class of 1979 from Bedford North Lawrence High School. Edwards is the daughter of the late Oliver (Jody) and Gloria Rivers Deckard. She has been married to retired Bedford City Fireman Pete Edwards for 37 years and has two children, James (Kelsie) Edwards and Megan (Andrew) Bowman. She is a member of the Oolitic Baptist Church, Bedford Chamber of Commerce, Republican Women’s Club where she has served as both Secretary and Vice President and is a Community Corrections Board member. She participates in community events sponsored and hosted by local organizations and is proud to support the businesses that comprise Lawrence County. She and her husband are small business owners in Bedford.
“I feel that my experience as Auditor and working closely with the County Treasurer, the County Council and Commissioners will be a true asset and benefit the citizens of Lawrence County,” she said. “In my position of Auditor I feel that it is crucial to treat the taxpayers with respect and compassion, and I will maintain this practice as Treasurer if elected. I have been a member of the Lawrence County community my entire life and have made many meaningful relationships with so many who I have served over the years in my positions with local businesses, but especially as County Auditor. I hope to continue to serve and represent the community with integrity and honesty.”