Clerk challeged by first-time candidate
The current Harrison County clerk, Republican Sherry Brown, is being challenged by Nathaniel (Nate) Adams, a Democrat. Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name: Nathaniel (Nate) Adams
Family: My wife, Bethany Banet, and I have two children. Our daughter, Persephone, turned 3 in March, and our son, Ulysses, turned 1 in December.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: I hold a bachelor’s in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s in education from Spalding University. I am currently a homemaker. I’ve never held office but have been involved in political campaign work since 2007.
Contact information for voters: Find me on Facebook Nate-Adams-for-Harrison-County-Clerk
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? I think it is time for our local office holders to be more responsive to more members of the community. By making our elections process more transparent and allowing more citizens to be involved, we can eliminate some doubts about the process and help the legitimacy of our democracy overall.
How would you carry out the responsibilities of the clerk (150 words or less)? As radically transparently as possible. I would like to establish an official social media presence to help make public notices more readily available to the public, revamp the clerk’s website to provide both notice of public meetings and important deadlines for filings, registrations, etc. This year with the pandemic, the clerk’s office started accepting forms via email. I would like to make electronic submissions easier and move the office towards being paperless while not going totally paper free. Given the doubts around our current elections process, I would like to make the count even more open to the public, perhaps via livestream and verify the counting machines after the elections in addition to the public test months before. With my education background, I would love to work with our local schools on civics education and help them conduct student body elections in the same manner as for public office.
Name: Sherry L. Brown
Family: Married to Randy for 36 years. We have one daughter, Sharon Thompson, who lives in Madison, Miss., with her husband, Seth, and our granddaughter, Harper. Our sons, Isaac and Shane, both live in Corydon.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: I am a South Central graduate, served one term on the county council and am in my 12th year as circuit court clerk.
Contact information for voters: Email is [email protected] and home phone is 812-968-3059.
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? The circuit court clerk is the chief election official in the county. That requires a lot of integrity, teamwork and bipartisanship. One of my greatest desires for the clerk’s office is to maintain the positive interaction that we currently have with members of every political party. I am running for this office so that everyone who walks in feels welcomed and respected. And, I hope that my character is evident enough that constituents trust that I am honest in all functions of the office.
How would you carry out the responsibilities of the clerk (150 words or less)? I believe that the best way to carry out the responsibilities of the clerk’s office is to attend as many training sessions as possible, maintain a great staff, stay in close contact with state and local offices, network with other clerks and always be open to suggestions and requests from constituents.