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116184876It’s a countywide office that’s mandated, required, in Indiana’s Constitution, but very few people know about it or understand its importance.  The office is County Recorder.  In Indiana, the County Recorder was the first constitutional office in county government in the state.  The Recorder is elected to a four-year term with a two-term limitation. The duties of the County Recorder include Recording and keeping custody of any instrument submitted for recording, providing it meets essential requirements. Makes all recorded documents a matter of public record. Files Uniform Commercial Code Instruments. Supplies copies of any instrument and certifies to those recorded upon request. Provides public access to all recorded documents.

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Democrat Kate Sweeney Bell

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Republican Terry Dove

Documents kept on file by the County Recorder’s Office includes: Affidavits, Assumed Business Name, City Order to Release, Contracts, Court Documents, Covenants, Deeds, Easements, Environmental Disclosures, Federal Tax Lien and Releases, Mechanic’s Liens and Releases, Mortgages, Plats, Power of Attorney, Military Service Discharge, Sewer Liens and Releases, State Highway Right of Way, Trust and Underground Utility. On the latest Candidate Tuesdays on Afternoons with Amos, the Democratic County Recorder Candidate Kate Sweeney Bell and Republican County Recorder Candidate Terry Dove talked about why they’re running for this mostly unknown but critical office.  Both Bell and Dove talked about the importance in improving the technology in the Recorder’s Office to better serve the public and make it easier to store and make available documents.  The Recorder’s Office expenses are covered by fees for various services.  Both candidates talk about the balance between the amount of the fees and making it affordable for the public.  Both candidates promised if elected they would be more visible in the community and to the public.  Click the Media Players To hear the Afternoons with Amos Interviews with the County Recorder Candidates in the November 4 Election. ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.  Democrat Kate Sweeney Bell – Runs 25 Minutes.    

Republican Terry Dove – Runs 28 Minutes.