Candidates for the office of Crawford County Recorder were given an opportunity by the Bulletin and Review this week to state their views about why voters should consider them on Election Day.
The candidates are Kristi Kluender, of Schleswig, and Denise Meeves, incumbent, of Denison.
The questions are the same as those asked of the Crawford County Auditor candidates at the Chamber & Development Council of Crawford County candidates forum on October 15, which Kluender was unable to attend.
The candidates’ written responses have been lightly edited.
Q: Tell us about yourself.
I’m Kristi Kluender. I live in Schleswig with my family. My husband, Troy, is a Lt. Deputy Sheriff with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. My son, Trey, is a sophomore at Morningside College and my daughter, Jaci, is a senior at Denison High School. My parents are Donna and the late Alan Childress, of Deloit. I have one sister, Kim and her husband, Jerry Lorenzen, of Deloit.
I’m currently the City Clerk/Treasurer for the City of Schleswig. Before that I worked at Eventide as a medical secretary for 22 years. Before Eventide I worked at C. B. Electronics in Schleswig.
My family and I are members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. I have spent my free time following the activities of my two children. Both Trey and Jaci are swimmers and have been active in summer and winter swim teams and high school swimming. Trey continues his swimming in college as a member of the Morningside Swim Team. I also enjoy attending the band events that Jaci is involved in as a member of the Denison High School Band.
My name is Denise Meeves. I was born and raised on a farm northwest of Denison and graduated from Denison Community High School. I have been married to my husband, Bryce Meeves, for 24 years. Bryce is employed with Berne Coop.
We live on an acreage west of Denison.
Nineteen years ago we adopted two children from Russia. Bradley is 20 and lives in Manilla; he works at Expo Logistics in Shelby. Brooke is also 20. She works at Wesco and lives in Denison.
Q: Why are you running for office?
Meeves: I have been the Crawford County Recorder for 32 years. I love the work that I do and the people that I work for. I take my job very seriously. I enjoy working with all of the various duties that we do in this office. We record any documents that will affect real estate and we index and scan them so that we can locate and print them when needed. Documents are also recorded through the E-Submission Portal, which is owned by the Iowa Recorders Association. We also execute passports and take passport photos, issue certified birth, death and marriage records and help fill out applications for marriage licenses. We also sell hunting and fishing licenses and deer and turkey tags and register boats, snowmobiles, UTVs, ATVs and ORMs. We not only work with the residents of Crawford County but we also work with the federal government and many of the state offices.
Kluender: I have made the commitment to run because I feel it is time for new leadership in the recorder’s office.
Having a choice on the ballot is the American way. In my mind, having term limits for elected officials is appropriate. Being in office too long can make for complacency.
Q: What do you wanted the residents of the county to remember when they go to vote?
Kluender: I will focus on bringing great customer service to everyone who enters the office. I will bring the skills and knowledge that I have acquired during my past work experience to the recorder’s office. I am dependable, hardworking, and I will have a positive attitude and the energy to get the job done. My staff and I will attend all the necessary training to keep current with the new trends occurring across the state and will bring that new information to our local recorder’s office. I will never forget the reason why I’m here: to serve you, the public. I will put your needs first.
As you all know, experience at a job is gained through time.
Meeves: I believe experience is a huge factor in holding a public office. I’m reliable, honest, hardworking and responsible, and I treat everyone with respect. I know what it takes to make the recorder’s office run smoothly and efficiently and have been doing this for the last 32 years.