Recorder of Deeds primary has interesting twist

Aug 1, 2014

On August 5th, Mid-Missourians will not only have the chance to vote on the proposed Constitutional amendments, but also on a primary between co-workers. Nora Dietzel and Lois Miller are deputy recorders at the Boone County Recorder of Deeds office in Columbia.

They are running against each other in the August 5th primary on the Democratic ticket. Dietzel says running against her co-worker has been pleasant.

"We have been through a lot together and we have worked together for many years so we are fairly close. We have kept everything above board and out in the open and it really has not been unpleasant at all," Dietzel said.

The Recorder of Deeds office started up in 1952 and, according to its website, "is responsible for making record of documents primarily in real estate and the issuance of marriage licenses. In addition, Uniform Commercial Code, servicemen's records, tax liens and miscellaneous documents may be recorded upon request and compliance with statutes."

The winner of this primary will go on to face republican candidate Lisa Ballenger in November. Ballenger also works in the Recorder of Deeds office as a deputy recorder.

The elected will become the third Recorder of Deeds since the office opened 62 years ago.