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Hamilton County, OH November 2, 2004 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Recorder; County of Hamilton

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and asked of all candidates for this office.

See below for questions on Qualifications, Top Priority, Pressing Issues

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1. What are your qualifications for office?

Answer from Rebecca Prem Groppe:

As Recorder, I have served the public in an exemplary manner by exercising fiscal responsibility, modernizing technology and increasing the material available for research at home over the Internet. Also, my 20 years of private sector paralegal experience lends itself to the successful administration of the office.

Answer from Steve Brinker:

I am a practicing real estate attorney with over twenty-five years experience. For twelve years I worked in the Recorder's office on a daily basis as a title examiner. In addition, I managed a national title company for seven years with responsibility for offices in three states.

2. How would you implement your top priority?

Answer from Steve Brinker:

My top priority is to establish maximum efficiency at minimum cost to the taxpayer. I would accomplish this through a combination of employee education, improvement in the data entry system, making available the text of documents online, and establishing an ongoing committee of regular users of the office to help insure all of these improvements.

3. What do you see as the two most pressing issues you would address if elected? What plans do you have relative to those issues?

Answer from Steve Brinker:

The two most pressing issues are delays in the recording and return of documents, and the correction of errors in the data entry system. I will allocate staffing and institute quality controls to insure prompt return of documents.

I will institute training and standards for data entry personnel to alleviate errors, and will make the text of public documents available online to facilitate real estate transactions. These efficiencies will save taxpayer dollars.

Answer from Rebecca Prem Groppe:

The primary issue is the Recorder's role in curtailing identity theft. My office has been aggressive in protecting the information we have in our files through the development of hot sites, firewalls, and digital blocking mechanisms.

The second issue is electronic recording. Here, we have been working with the state legislature to craft laws that encourage the growth of this money-saving operation while ensuring the integrity of citizens' documents.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. The answer must not exceed 75 words. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

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