"I'm already doing the work, so it just made sense for me to run," she said. "I love working in the recorder's office. I always have."
Kent said she fully expected to have some competition in the election.
"I didn't figure it would be an easy road to go down," she said. "There seems to always be competition when there's an opening in one of these elected positions."
Riedel-Butler, currently Clerk III in the county auditor's office, said she decided to run for the position in order to better herself and broaden her horizons.
"I've worked here for 10 years, and I feel like I'm ready," she said. "I have manager experience. I had my own flower shop for a long time, and I was a programmer's analyst at Principal Financial Group. I started out here in the treasurer's office and moved [to the auditor's] office around two years ago."
Riedel-Butler said her hardworking demeanor, technical skills and ability to work well with the public all qualify her for the job.
"A lot of people don't realize that the auditor's, assessor's and recorder's office all work in conjunction," she said. "We work together, especially on real estate. That's a big plus, being able to see the whole picture."
She said she would make sure everyone who walks in the recorder's office is treated fairly, as well as her employees.
"I want people to know that I will always treat people and my employees with respect," she said.
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