Republicans select Fran Felts to replace Stoffel as county clerk

Fran Felts.
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Andrews resident Fran Felts was selected to become the new Huntington County clerk during the Republican Party caucus on Aug. 18.

The caucus was called after the current clerk, Vicki Stoffel, announced her resignation effective the end of this year.

Stoffel decided to resign after her husband, Terry Stoffel, expressed interest in running for sheriff in 2010. Because the clerk's office is in charge of elections, Stoffel felt that it was necessary to leave to avoid any accusations of inappropriate behavior.

Felts beat out three other candidates to gain the position: Rick Hartley, Jay Lahr and Amber Love.

Felts will begin her service on Jan. 1, 2010.
When Stoffel resigns, she will only have one year left on her term, which Felts will finish out.

Felts already works in the clerk's office, and she says that doing voter registration for the past four and one-half years got her interested in the job.

"A large part of the clerk's office deals with elections," she says.

Felts says she is very excited to start her new job.

"People don't know what it's like to keep that many records," Felts says while looking at the large number of boxes and folders near her.

Felts is currently a member of the Andrews Town Council, and she will resign that position effective Dec. 31, 2009, as state law prohibits one person from holding more than one "lucrative" position.

In past years, Felts has also served on the advisory board for Dallas Township and was the trustee for that same area.

Felts says she will run for the county clerk's office in the 2010 election.

"I hope people will vote for experience," she says.