Democrats have first two candidates to replace county clerk

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Democrats have their first potential replacements for Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins.

Nicole Browne and Caren Stoll have submitted their names for a party caucus to replace Robbins, who resigned at the end of last month, effective this Friday.

Browne, currently the chief deputy clerk for the county, and Stoll, who has worked in various public roles and is currently the executive assistant for the Monroe County Prosecutor’s office, will be considered for the post during a party caucus at 5 p.m. March 21 in the Nat U. Hill Room of the Monroe County Courthouse, 100 W. Kirkwood Ave.

In a candidate statement, Browne says she has “had a front row seat with respect to every facet of what is necessary to run the office efficiently” and “played a significant role in making key decisions that impact the day to day operations of the office and have the working knowledge to provide the continuity for a seamless transition in light of the clerk’s resignation.”

Browne said that institutional knowledge is important.

“Continuity will be paramount in this presidential election year, as the eyes of the state will be laser-focused on Monroe County, Indiana,” she writes.

Browne says in her statement to fellow Democrats that she thinks she is the “best equipped candidate” and that she possesses the ability to advance and build upon Robbins’ vision.

Robbins endorsed Browne in her resignation letter.

Stoll also outlines her qualifications in a candidate statement, highlighting roles working for the city, the Indiana Department of Corrections and the election board among others.

She says she’s honed various skills, including supervision of large staffs, budget development and oversight, event planning and management and knowledge of court processes and personnel and other things crucial to the clerk’s office.

Stoll would bring leadership and management experience, strong communications skills, integrity and dedication to the role, among other positive traits, according to her statement.

And if chosen, she would seek to:

  • Maintain and improve accessibility to voters and office patrons
  • Create a culture of collaboration for other county departments
  • Improve communication both with other departments and with Monroe County citizens
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility
  • Model ethical, principled, and dedicated professional behavior

Stoll says in her statement that while this announcement is sparked by Robbins’s resignation, she already had intended to run for clerk in 2018.

“I felt the time was right. The community was ready for elected officials they knew and trusted, I was ready for the challenge, and this was where I could best be of service,” she writes. “I was energized when I realized that I would not have to wait until 2018. The time is now.”

Anyone else who is interested in filling the position should reach out to Monroe County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Fraley at chair@monroedems.org.

Interested candidates must file the proper forms with Fraley by 5 p.m. March 18.