William ‘Scott’ Hoen, Stacie Wilke-McCulloch, and Jordan Edens are running for Carson City Clerk-Recorder during the Primary Election in June.
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The Carson City Clerk-Recorder is responsible for a lot more than elections. The position includes public administration, record keeping and genealogy.
Clerk-Recorder candidates Jordan Edens, William “Scott” Hoen, and Stacie Wilke-McCulloch spoke to the challenges of the role at a Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Tuesday at Western Nevada College.
The conversation largely centered on which candidate has the best background to keep up with the demanding job.
Edens works for the city’s Information Technology department, and he previously worked for the state at the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Taxation. He hopes he can use his technological background to improve record keeping and record searching in the Clerk-Recorder’s office.
“Why would we want to go back to the stone age whenever we can utilize technology and auditing for us?” he asked.
He said he also would like to nudge the Nevada Legislature to adopt voter ID requirements, and he would like to implement more stringent election auditing.
Hoen has more than 30 years of experience in the title insurance industry, and he’s lived in Carson City for five years. He was a poll worker at the last election cycle.
“I’ve worked with recorder’s offices across the country, dealing with public record information,” he said.
He brought seven bill draft requests with him to the forum and emphasized that he has relationships in the Legislature. He wants to lobby for election changes, like required voter ID and signature verification transparency.
He added he would also like to modernize the more day-to-day tasks of the Clerk-Recorder’s office. He hopes to digitize century-old records and automate record requests.
Wilke-McCulloch said she was less interested in changing the Clerk-Recorder’s office, and more interested in fostering a good relationship with the public and being a strong leader for the office.
“I don’t have the background in the titles. I don’t have the background in the elections. But I have managed a lot of different, diverse departments all at once,” she said.
Wilke-McCulloch is a Carson City native currently serving as a school board trustee. She spent 14 years in the casino industry and is currently working as maintenance manager for Valley Realty.
Hoen, Wilke-McCulloch, and Edens will all be on the Carson City Primary Election ballot in June. If one of them receives more than 50 percent of the vote, that person will win the election without having to go to the General Election in November. Otherwise, the top two will be on ballots in November.
Early voting begins May 28. Election Day is June 14.