Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Waukesha County Register of Deeds could be competitive


Barbara Larson Lloyd is running against incumbent Jim Behrend. In an interview, Lloyd said she thought long and hard about running again after narrowly losing by just over 200 votes four years ago.  She learned a lot about campaigning during that race, but was it worth the cost? Then she found out the primary election day, this Tuesday, is her birthday so she took that as a sign to run again.

She told me she’s put up over 100 yard signs and has distributed over 10,000 pcs of literature with hopes of reaching 13,000 by election day today. She also ran ads in the Waukesha Freeman, knocked on doors, and was a presence at local parades. I saw her again on Sunday at the Romney/Ryan rally with Chris Lufter, former President of the Waukesha Taxpayers League.

The most important issue in the race according to Lloyd is experience. Lloyd believes she is more qualified than the incumbent Behrend because she has more experience in the private sector working with the register of deeds office. Behrend, she points out, is a former county supervisor who may be seeing this position as a stepping stone to higher office or an appointment. Lloyd, on the other hand, has over 20 years of experience working in this field and has the support of some realtors because of it.

Lloyd also believes the position is overpaid. She believes the salary should be lowered from approximately $73,000 to the somewhere above $50,000.

It will be interesting to see if a local county official like Behrend can lose the Republican primary to an energetic campaigner like Lloyd-Larson.

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