Incumbent Crawford County Clerk/Register of Deeds facing challenge for first time in 25 years
Tue, 07/21/2020 - 11:31am caleb
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
For the first time in 25 years, the incumbent Crawford County Clerk/Register of Deeds is being challenged for her position with the county.
Crawford County Clerk/Register of Deeds Sandra Moore and Mary Stewart-Green are running as Republican candidates for the position with the county on the Tuesday, August 4 primary election ballot.
Stewart-Green is semi-retired and a former change management/training manager at Adecco Employment Services.
Stewart-Green was born and raised in northern Michigan and has lived in Grayling the majority of her life. She is a Grayling High School graduate and Central Michigan University graduate, earning a bachelor’s of science with double majors in psychology and sociology and a minor in business administration. Her volunteer experience includes the Special Olympics, Grayling Youth Booster Club, American Legion Post #106, AuSable River Canoe Marathon, and as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer.
Moore has spent over 40 years serving and promoting Crawford County. She is a current board member for the AuSable Artisan Village, and served as the past program director for AuSable River Canoe Marathon Opening Ceremonies for over 10 years. She has been the chairperson of Old U.S. 27 Motor Tour for 14 years, and was also the director of Grayling Junior Miss for 14 years. She is a past member of Grayling Promotional Association, United Way, American Business Women’s Association, ambassador for Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce, and chairperson and secretary for the Crawford County Republican Party.
Stewart-Green said she is running for office to pursue a change among the county’s elected officials.
“This is not just a job. It is an opportunity to utilize my corporate and life experiences to run both offices here in Crawford County and my hometown,” she said. “I believe that a change in these offices is good for the citizens of Crawford County.”
Stewart-Green said she is concerned and cares deeply about the future of the county and its people.
“I will provide the community with accessibility to services available,” she said. “I will move the clerk/register offices forward by increasing the use of electronic transactions.”
Moore citied her experience as to why she is seeking another term as a county official.
“The office is constantly changing and needs someone with knowledge and experience. I am in the middle of a data conversion project that needs my knowledge, which in the register’s side will allow banks and title companies to complete transactions much more timely,” Moore said. “Seventy-eight percent of homebuyers require a mortgage to purchase their home and my on-line records will now allow the mortgage process to be electronically submitted to my office, saving time and money for constituents. The on-line vital records portal in the clerk’s office will be launched soon to allow folks to apply for vital records without leaving the comfort of their home.”
Stewart-Green said she will make certain the Qualified Voters File has been cross checked for accuracy and consistency. She will also work with township/city clerks to ensure they have support needed to maintain accurate election processes. She will ensure any candidate running for an office has the correct/accurate forms. She will also assist any candidate by answering questions and providing a packet that contains resources available. Finally, Stewart-Green said she would work on providing services with a tightened budget.
Moore said one issue county officials will address in Crawford County is growth through 2020 Census. She said the Census determines congressional representation, creates hundreds in funding, and provides crucial data for the community for the next decade. She added that Census 2020 has a huge impact on Crawford County decision making to attract new businesses, forecast future transportation needs, housing needs, public safety, elder care, and research for future generations.
Moore also said the county is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said it’s affecting everyone – even our children. A new way of conducting business, self distancing and face masks are the new norm, Moore said. She said Crawford County is fortunate to have food drives and school pantry during this pandemic. She added that townships have truly stepped up for their residents. Depression and anxiety issues are escalating, loss of work, service reductions, our future forecast is worrisome for our residents, Moore said.
Finally, Moore said officials must addresss state, county, city, and township funding. She said there is a serious lack of funding and the departments work tirelessly to find sources to help our communities grow. Moore said the municipalities in the county could all use more local match grants. The county revenue sharing is simply not enough and departments struggle with limited staff to get by, Moore said.
Stewart-Green said she is the best suited candidate to address the issues based on her life experiences in Crawford County and her professional employment skills, which include recruiting, management, operations, organizational skills, training, banking, customer service, compliance, and ethics.
“I will evaluate current processes with a fresh perspective and input from current staff before making any recommendations for change,” Stewart-Green said. “During my tenure with my recent employer I was promoted multiple times, demonstrating the ability to learn multi-faceted duties with each new position.”
Stewart-Green said she will be available in the office on a daily basis.
“I will be attentive to the needs of the public,” she said. “I will HIT the ground running with Honesty, Integrity, and Teamwork.”
Moore said she is the best suited candidate to maintain her position because the county clerk/register is a member of the apportionment committee, which will be her third time working on Census data.
“It is vital to have someone with knowledge as all members on the board, the treasurer, prosecutor, Republican and Democratic chairmen have never been through the process,” Moore said.
Moore said the county clerk/register is consistently conducting business to best serve constituent needs through the COVID-10 pandemic.
“Having years of experience has proved beneficial to ensure public health and safety for employees and constituents,” Moore said.
Finally, Moore said she has always been fiscally responsible as the county clerk/register.
“Over 25 years and I haven’t asked for more,” she said. “My motto is ‘you get more with Moore.’”