My priority will be to make the Register of Deeds office:

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responsive

The Register of Deeds is responsible for attending to the duties of the office as well as the needs of the community.

I am committed to:

  • Being present, active, and providing focused leadership
  • Responding to the needs of Orange County residents
  • Advocating common sense policy that benefits everyone in North Carolina (see more detail below)

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user-friendly

The Register of Deeds should provide information and instructions that are easy to find and easy to understand.

I will improve communications by:

  • Renovating the web interface
  • Re-working the document request process
  • Provide rapid updates on changes to the office schedule or to document access

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convenient

The Register of Deeds should deliver timely service and ample opportunity for residents to get what they need.

I will maximize efficiency by:

  • Evaluating and streamlining procedures
  • Providing service during lunchtime
  • Allowing for rapid turn-around for information requests

. . . and I will do MORE to preserve county history.

Slave deeds

Orange County should continue to digitize slave deeds. I will look for additional funding for this work through the National and State Archives. I will also coordinate with the Orange County Historic Preservation Commission to prioritize these efforts in accordance with the Orange County Historic Preservation Plan.

Topophilia

This term refers to a fondness for a particular place or homeland by those whose departure is forced. As Register of Deeds, I will work with the American Indian Center at UNC to make certain we have identified and recorded all land associated with the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation.

Student research pilot project

In collaboration with the Superintendent of Orange County Schools and district high school civics teachers, I would like to develop a student research program. Possible projects include using deed records to explore Orange County history.

Policy issues related to the Register of Deeds

Marriage equality: the license and beyond.

Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in North Carolina since October 2014, granting couples to wed and allowing families to celebrate their unions. 

However, this freedom can not be taken for granted.

I will continue to fight and support the LGBTQ+ community and fight for full equality for public services, job security, housing options and a place at the table in all decision making.

Child marriage: raising the age minimum to protect our youth.

Girls as young as 14 have been forced into marriages they should not be in — which often results in them dropping out of school, falling into poverty, or being subject to abuse. In addition, pregnant girls are pushed into marriage to avoid a statutory rape charge.

In 2021, the North Carolina Register of Deeds Association created a bill to stop the forced marriage of children (86% of which are girls) by raising the age minimum to 18 years old. However, this proposed legislation hit a roadblock when lawmakers pushed for exceptions.

As part of the state’s Register of Deeds Association, I will pledge to continue the conversation by working with my colleagues across the state to compile data and that could one day help protect children from this harmful, out-dated practice.

Learn more about the services provided by the Register of Deeds.

I believe we can do a better job caring for and delivering satisfactory outcomes for our residents.

I look forward to connecting with you and talking more about my plans to enhance Register of Deeds office.