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Meet the Candidates: Butte County Deeds Registry | Local News

Voters will head to the polls on June 7 to elect nominees for the Butte County Deeds Registry. Two candidates will be vying for the position.

Name and what do you do for a living?

My name is Cynthia Lewis, I work for Belle Fourche City as a Scalehouse Attendant.

What motivated you to apply for this position?

After moving to Belle Fourche, I wanted to use my experience and skills to keep Belle Fourche moving in the right direction. As a custodian of important documents, the role of the Deed Registry touches on a variety of these skills and experiences. I want to be thorough.

Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

Some of these experiences include maintaining vital medical records for thirty years, exemplary customer service, office management, and dedication to every position held. No matter what role I fill, I will always be a servant of the people.

With respect to leadership, what other elected public or nonprofit positions have you held?

I have been honored to work with several non-profit organizations, including Crisis 22 Project, a veteran suicide prevention organization, fulfilling leadership roles as Event Planner (2 years) and Vice- President (3 years). I was also an Officer of the Ladies of Harley (2 years) and am currently a member of the Northern Hills United Way cabinet.

How many local government meetings have you attended in the past year and during your candidacy?

Since moving to Belle Fourche, I have attended two town council meetings and am currently part of the town of Belle Fourche security team.

Do you subscribe to your community’s legal journal?

No, but I follow city/county items when available.

What are the most important issues that need to be resolved in your district?

As a county, we are concerned about how we will handle marijuana legalization, including enforcement and taxation. There is also the good issue of how many people are moving to our area and how we are going to prepare for all the needs that a larger population brings, such as housing shortages, infrastructure needs and employment.

How do you plan to solve these problems?

The best way to prepare for all of these issues is to educate ourselves, follow state and county regulations as they develop, and stay involved. These issues are already beginning to affect our county and we all need to work together to be proactive rather than reactive. Business as usual and doing what we have always done will not work for many of these issues.

What do you think is working for your district and how will you sustain that progress?

I am constantly amazed at the team attitude of our county and I firmly believe that the only way forward is to do it together. Our nonprofits, the city, the county, every citizen, businesses, law enforcement, schools, youth – it takes each of us to keep our community vibrant and progressive.

What else do you want people to know about you?

My passion comes from serving others, working with and for people not only improves the lives of others, but also drives me to do better. Of all the leadership styles, I believe servant leadership has the greatest impact. I live this thought by faithfully serving my church, devoting my time and energy to helping our citizens with boots in the field, assisting and donating to local charity groups, offering handcrafted raffle prizes hand for a variety of fundraisers, and finally donating my time and energy to organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Sportsman Club. I am about OUR people. Thank you very much for your time.

Name and what do you do for a living?

My name is Julie Brunner. I’m the current Deeds Registry Assistant.

What motivated you to apply for this position?

I have worked in the Deed Registry office for the past 20 years as an assistant. It would be a natural next step for me, as I have the training and the experience.

Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

As I mentioned before, I worked here for 20 years. I took a leadership course last summer sponsored by NACO (National Association of County Officials). I have also attended Stone Assistant workshops sponsored by the South Dakota Association for County Officials.

With respect to leadership, what other elected public or nonprofit positions have you held?

I have held no other elective office, but I am a worship leader in our church. My husband and I are also relay center coordinators for Opération Enfant de Noël.

How many local government meetings have you attended in the past year and during your candidacy?

I attended a county commissioner meeting to submit our budget for 2022.

Do you subscribe to your community’s legal journal?

I’m not a subscriber, but I really appreciate reading our free copy that we receive.

What are the most important issues that need to be resolved in your district?

I think it’s important to educate the public about what our office does and the government in general.

How do you plan to solve these problems?

Our files are open to the public, so I would like to see more people come and do some research. We are more than happy to show them how our books work. I also encourage people to exercise their right to vote.

What do you think is working for your district and how will you sustain that progress?

What works for our office is the workflow and double checks that were established many years ago and continue to work now. This helps us maintain the accuracy that is so crucial to our office. Having a familiar face here is also important for the public.

What else do you want people to know about you?

I am a lifelong Butte County resident, graduating from Belle Fourche High School. My husband is from Nisland and graduated from Newell. Our 2 children are graduates of Butte County Schools and our 6 grandchildren are in various stages of their education at Belle Fourche Schools.

I have the knowledge, skills and experience to lead this office. Having a new person running the office would definitely set him back.

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