Republican for county office
Each candidate was asked to respond to three questions.
1. What are the top issues you will address in your campaign and what are your plans for moving those issues forward?
I will update the software so that it will notify taxpayers when something changes. This will be similar to when you add a bill payer to you e-banking, or when your credit card company notifies you that there are unusual charges on your account. This would not impact how the software functions otherwise and would not make it more difficult for the legal and mortgage professionals to use.
Sussex County is already moving in this direction.
• I will eliminate Recording Fees for HOAs and other similar organizations. This will encourage HOAs to record their board of officers, covenants, maintenance agreements and the like. This will help protect HOAs from litigation. This might reduce HOA fees for members since the current system of charging to record HOA fees probably is passed along to members. Delaware State Law allows elimination of these fees. New Castle County has already eliminated theirs.
• I will fix, replace or eliminate broken equipment in the Deeds office.
• I will champion causes that touch upon the Deeds office. For example, the Recorder of Deeds collects Real Estate Transfer Taxes and passes the proceeds along to the State Government. Thus, it will be fair game for me to comment on the fact that Delaware’s are the highest in the nation. I have already written letters to the editors of all local papers regarding this subject. I note that the Leg Hall is now doing something to roll back some of these costs for first time homebuyers. More needs to be done and I intend to use my title as “honorable’ and my position as Recorder of Deeds to do what is necessary to help home buyers and sellers. I will look for other opportunities to help as they arise.
• I will follow the code of ethics for Kent County and I will abide by all personnel policies. For example, I will never put my employees in the position of watching me conduct political business on county property during business hours nor would I expect them to collect donation items for my campaign when they are supposed to be working on behalf of the taxpayers.
2. What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?
I am well qualified for the job of Recorder of Deeds by formal education, by training, and by 27 years of working at various levels of the United States Government—to include Cabinet and Department levels. I served as Chief of Records at Fort Riley KS when I was 26 years old. I managed large databases and sensitive personnel records then, and continued to do so for the duration of my career—including during combat for which I received a Bronze Star and an honorary award for personnel operations (I am the 360 th recipient of the Horatio Gates Gold Medal since the founding of our nation, this medal is authorized by Congress and struck by the US Mint). When I was not doing personnel jobs, I was in my alternate specialty of Public Affairs. I intend to bring both skills to bear as the next Kent County Recorder of Deeds.
3. What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?
I am currently representing Kent County of the Board of the Friends of the Delaware Archives. As previously mentioned, I am in my 12th year serving Kent County as one of seven Regional Planning Commissioners dealing with zoning and land management. I served on the Delaware Tributary Council. I was the last President of the Kent County American Heart Association and when the AHA combined Kent and Sussex into one division, I was elected as the first president of the Southern Delaware Heart Board. I sit on many boards currently, such as the Delaware Pet Professionals, the North American Hunting Dog Association, and several other philanthropic and animal protections groups. I am a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled Veterans of America, the American Legion, Military Officers Association of America, and Vietnam Veterans of America. I served on the board of two national veterans associations, both of which were subsumed by larger organizations. My husband has a rare, fatal brain disease and I raise both money and awareness for the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration here in Delaware.
Profession/employment: Army Officer (Retired). Small business owner.
# of years employed: 27 years in the US Army
Education: Master of Public Administration, additional post graduate courses in Journalism, Systems Management, and Public Records Keeping
Political experience: appointed by Eric Buckson to serve as a Kent County Planning Commissioner 12 years ago. Currently serving.