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Two Democrats and two Republicans are seeking their parties’ nomination for Harrison County Recorder. Incumbent Barbara J. Mathes is prohibited by law from seeking a third consecutive term.
Duties of county recorder
The chief function of the recorder, according to the County Government Statistical Report published by Farm Bureau is that of ‘preserving public records, including deeds, mortgages, liens, leases, articles of incorporation and amendments, certificates authorizing foreign corporations to do business within the state, Army and Navy discharges, bankruptcy notices, etc.
‘Instruments affecting title to real estate must be signed by the County Auditor showing transfer of property for taxation before they can be recorded. Deeds executed by corporations and non-residents of the state of Indiana cannot be accepted for recording by the Recorder unless evidence that gross income tax has been paid on proceeds of the sale is attached to the instrument.’
Also, the recorder ‘cannot accept, for recording instruments which do not bear immediately below the written signatures, printed, typewritten, or stamped names of persons signing them, unless the instrument is accompanied by the affidavit certifying the correctness of the names represented by the signatures. This does not apply to court orders, decrees, judgments or writs, wills, death certificates, or instruments executed outside the state.’
Democrats
Steve Arnold

Address: Corydon
Spouse: Brenda
Children: Rob, 24; David, 16; and two grandchildren
Occupation: Manager (two years) at CheckNGo in Corydon
School and year graduated: Corydon Central High School, 1980
Additional education: Associate degree, 1983
Political affiliation: Democrat
Previous political experience: Two terms as coroner (Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 2004) in Crawford County
Duties of position sought: Duties of the recorder include recording mortgages, deeds, contracts, power of attorney, affidavits and other documents such as military discharges, to collect fees for filing documents and keep records and account for the funds.
Why are you seeking the office? Enjoy public service and to bring my qualifications to the office and help promote good quality service to the people of Harrison County and in a good professional and friendly work environment.
What qualifies you for the office? I have 20-plus years experience in keeping records, management, budgets and in filing federal, state and local documents. Keeping accurate records is a must.
What do you consider top issues in the campaign? I just want a smooth transition and to see the offices ran in a friendly and open-door policy manner.
What problems, if any, does the county recorder’s office face? I feel all county offices face being done away with ‘ or down-sized terribly ‘ by the state on reform issues. We need more tax reform; however, I feel doing away with local elected offices just takes control from county and gives more control to bigger state government.
How would you help resolve those problems? I would help voice to the state level how important it is to keep the offices and elected officials. The Constitution of Indiana has served well for around 200 years. Why change it? We need local people on the ballot at county level to vote for. If people have a problem, they need help and support of local officials, not have to call out of county to get help and answers.
What changes, if any, would you make in the recorder’s office to save taxpayers money and streamline the work? Right now, I can’t say there would be any changes. I want to make sure everything runs smoothly. I’m a strong believer to take care of things as soon as possible. All deeds, mortgages, etc., need to be recorded promptly; not to lay on a desk or in a basket waiting to be recorded no longer than they have to.
Contact information for voters: At home, 738-4386
Carole M. Gaither
Address: Corydon
Spouse: Michael
Children: Yvonne Campbell, Charlotte Rotrekl
Occupation: Department of Corrections and Commissary Officer three years at Harrison County Jail
School and year graduated: North Central High School, 1958
Additional education: Real estate course
Political affiliation: Democrat
Previous political experience: Circuit court clerk; deputy clerk, 3-1/2 years
Duties of position sought: Responsibilities include preserving public records such as mortgages, deeds, power of attorney, etc.
Why are you seeking the office? To serve the residents of Harrison County.
What qualifies you for the office? 30 years experience in management and running a business office and complying with government policies and procedures.
What do you consider top issues in the campaign? (Did not answer)
What problems, if any, does the county recorder’s office face? (Did not answer)
How would you help resolve those problems? (Did not answer)
What changes, if any, would you make in the recorder’s office to save taxpayers money and streamline the work? (Did not answer)
Contact information for voters: 738-0103.
Republicans
Barbara Birkla Best

Address: Corydon
Spouse: Single
Children: Michael Dalhoff, 37; Chase Best, 24; Jade Best, 22; grandson, Justin Dalhoff, 14
Occupation: Real Estate Broker
School and year graduated: 1956-67 Lanesville, 1968 Floyd Central
Additional education: Indiana University Southeast Course Study, English, business administration, economics
Political affiliation: Republican
Previous political experience: None
Duties of position sought: To maintain permanent public records involving real estate, mining, personal property, mortgages, liens, leases, subdivision plats, military discharges and personal bonds.
Why are you seeking the office? I see an opportunity to serve the public in a related field with responsibilities that I have 19 years experience and will try to do my part to help control county spending.
What qualifies you for the office? Effective management skills, strong work ethics, strong community involvement and support, and the constant desire to provide quality service to the people.
What do you consider the top issues in the campaign? Property taxes and controlling county spending.
What problems, if any, does the county recorder’s office face? (Did not answer)
How would you help resolve those problems? (Did not answer)
What changes, if any, would you make in the recorder’s office to save taxpayers money and streamline the work? I will maximize the use of existing technology to be used in a more efficient and effective manner. This will save the consumer travel time, gasoline and office materials, allowing the office to focus on maintaining documents to be more readily accessible to the public.
Contact Information for voters: [email protected]
Teresa L. Hamm
Address: Corydon
Spouse: None
Children: One grown son
Occupation: Deputy Assessor, Harrison County
School and year graduated: Marengo High School, 1978
Additional education: Clerical courses, Southern Indiana Vocational
Political affiliation: Republican
Previous political experience: Deputy recorder 1989-1996, Recorder 1997-2000, Deputy County Assessor 2001-present
Duties of position sought: Record and retain documents that are not court affiliated such as mortgages, personal contracts on real estate, affidavits, miscellaneous documents, federal tax liens, etc.
Why are you seeking the office? I believe my experience will be a plus to future projects that might be needed in the office. I like working with people and believe I would be an asset to the position.
What qualifies you for the office? Eight previous years as deputy recorder and four years as recorder.
What do you consider top issues in the campaign? Actually the recorder is not an issue-involved office. It is a clerical and record retention office that needs a qualified leader to get the job done in a fast, efficient manner.
What problems, if any, does the county recorder’s office face? At this time the main thing, I believe, would be to keep up with the different requirements that the state seems to change on a weekly basis. Also to retain the ever-increasing volume of documents. I think the office basically is in good shape.
How would you help resolve those problems? To keep on top of things as they arise and deal with them in a fast, efficient manner in regards as to what the needs are at that particular time.
What changes, if any, would you make in the recorder’s office to save taxpayers money and streamline the work? I couldn’t really talk changes until I get the chance to evaluate the office as it is now. I don’t foresee a whole lot of changes being necessary but that would have to be looked at.
Other comments: When I was in the recorder’s office, I tried to keep things running on a smooth schedule that kept the flow of document recordings to the point that there was only a 1- to 2-day turnaround on sending documents back. If I am elected, I will strive for the utmost efficiency that is at all possible in order to serve the people of Harrison County.
Contact information for voters: 267-9712 or 738-4406.

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