Here is the edited statement of Richard W. Nixon, who is running for office in Yellowstone County.
I am Richard W. Nixon, and I am running for the office of Yellowstone County treasurer/assessor/superintendent of schools as a Republican.
I was born and raised in Billings and have been a resident of Yellowstone County my entire life. I graduated in 1977 from Billings Senior High, and entered active duty in the United States Air Force in 1978. While serving in the military I took the opportunity to attend classes through Georgia Military College, majoring in business and accounting. After completing my tour of duty, I returned to Billings and after obtaining employment, I started a small part time business utilizing my education and military training. Eventually I started Nixco, operating my service related business as a State Licensed Levy Officer for over 20 years, retiring in 2012.
In September of 2010, I started attending Montana State University Billings full time to complete my B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting, graduating Cum Laude in 2013. I also took the opportunity to work on the campus while completing my degree. I am currently attending the University of Montana and will complete my Masters of Business Administration within the year.
During my service as a levy officer, I took pride in being a positive representative of the judicial court system while following the laws defined by the state judicial procedure. Some of my primary accomplishments during my service were to establish protocol with banking institutions and local businesses, which allowed me to carry out the judicial processes in a manner that avoided any embarrassing situations to the businesses, or individuals involved. This experience is extremely beneficial to fulfilling the office of Yellowstone County Treasurer, as I have extensive working knowledge of the judicial collections process which is critical in protecting the rights of all entities involved. My business experience also includes management, bookkeeping, accounting, and assessment of property and equipment values needed to perform a levy.
I served one year as President of the College of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Board, two years as Vice-president of College Republicans, and was a member of Accounting Club and American Indian Business Leaders. My voluntary services to the university also include being a Marine Corps Educators Representative to assist graduates choosing to become officers in the Marine Corps upon graduation.
Currently I work two part time jobs at MSU Billings, first as an instructor for Veterans Upward Bound of Montana teaching computer applications, which fulfills a requirement of the GI Bill, for veterans wanting to earn a college education. I am also a tutor and teachers assistant for business law, accounting, economics and business strategies courses. Additionally I am a part-time shift manager at a local restaurant, which is recognized nationally as having one of the top management training programs in the industry.
While working for the business I have gaining more experience in management, and have implemented improvements which benefit the company and the customers. Working these positions has increased my management and human resources skills while allowing me to pursue my degrees and meet my objective to be the best candidate for Yellowstone County treasurer.