Candidates for clerk-recorder face off |

Candidates for clerk-recorder face off

The two candidates for Nevada County clerk-recorder squared off at a forum Thursday on a variety of issues.

The office supervises elections and records official papers, such as deeds and birth and wedding certificates.

During the forum at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, incumbent Lorraine Jewett-Burdick said she has cut costs while improving services.

“The Recorder’s Office has never been in better shape,” said Jewett-Burdick, who was elected in 1998.

But challenger Kevin Waggoner, who until September worked as a supervisor in the Elections Office, said he too had strived to improve services and cut costs.

Waggoner, now a recorder for Placer Title Co. in Rocklin, questioned what he claimed was high staff turnover.

Jewett-Burdick answered by saying she has a great staff support. While she has asked that employees in the Elections Office remain neutral during the campaign, the staff at the Recorder’s Office are helping her in her campaign, she said.

Waggoner also questioned the practice of making maiden names available online, warning that such information can be used to access financial information, he said. But Jewett-Burdick answered by saying birth certificates are available to anyone.

Panelists asking questions included Sharon Bovin of FCAT, JoAnn Chartier of KNCO, Steve Baker of KVMR and Peter Starren, the outgoing publisher of The Union. Dottie Schmidt of the League of Women Voters of western Nevada County was the moderator.

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