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Harrison County Recorder


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October 08, 2008
Republican Barbara Best faces Democrat Carole Gaither in the Harrison County Recorder's race.

Barbara Best

Personal: Best, 58, of Corydon, has three children, Michael Dalhoff, 37; Chase Best, 24; and Jade Best, 23; and a grandson, Justin Dalhoff, 15. A real estate broker, she attended Lanesville schools from 1956-67 and graduated in 1968 from Floyd Central High School. Additional education includes Indiana University Southeast course study, English, business administration, economics; Indiana Real Estate Brokers course; Floyd Whitman; Zig Zigler; Richard Flint; Sweat Hogs; and How to Deal with Difficult People. She has no political experience. Voters may contact her at bbest@insightbb.com or 738-9811 (cell).

Duties of the 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 have researched other county offices and have found that we can upgrade our system with the current technology in place and make the date more easily accessible to the public, saving the consumer and the department time and money. It is my passion to serve the people of this community and provide them with the services they are entitled to. Harrison County is a wonderful place to live, work and watch the next generation grow.

What qualifies you for the office? I have 19 years experience in successful business management, strong work ethics, familiar with documents pertaining to recorder's office and have had positive results in providing the public quality and friendly service.

Why should someone vote for you? I am for change and betterment of the department, and I am the "Best" qualified to move forward to carry out the duties as county recorder.

What problems, if any, does the county recorder's office face? Falling way behind with what our technology can provide if we don't implement changes.

How would you help solve those problems? When elected, I will move forward and, with approval, utilize the current technology already in place to meet up to today's standards.

Do you think changes can be made to the office that will help improve someone's experience interacting with the recorder's office? If so, what? Yes. All office staff will be instructed to perform multi-task duties allowing the deed to be recorded as you wait. The consumer will be able to obtain data from their computer, saving them travel time, gasoline and office supplies. We will always provide one-on-one friendly personal service at the office.

Other comments: I would be proud to be your recorder and am eager to fulfill the full-time duties of recorder. I will always try to put the people's needs first.

Carole Gaither

Personal: Gaither, 68, of Corydon, is married to Michael and has two daughters, Yvonne Campbell and Charlotte Rotreki. She has been the Department of Corrections and Commissary officer for three years at Harrison County Jail. A 1958 graduate of North Central High School, she has also taken a real estate course. She has also served as Harrison County Circuit Court deputy clerk for 3-1/2 years. Voters may contact her at 738-0103.

Duties of the 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? Thirty years experience in management and running a business office and complying with government policies and procedures.

Why should someone vote for you? I am the candidate for the office.

What problems, if any, does the county recorder's office face? Because I have never worked in the recorder's office, I don't know what the problems are.

How would you help solve those problems? I would have to know the problems first.

Do you think changes can be made to the office that will help improve someone's experience interacting with the recorder's office? If so, what? I think the interaction there is pretty good. The ladies who work there are very helpful.

Other comments: Let's everyone vote. This is an important election.

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