Blomeke, Pearson vying for GOP recorder spot in upcoming primary

Joe Blomeke (left) and Vicki Pearson
Joe Blomeke (left) and Vicki Pearson

Two people are vying to become the next Republican candidate for Huntington County recorder, Joe Blomeke and Vicki Pearson.

Both will be on the ballot for the May 8 primary.

The candidates were each asked the question, “Why are you seeking, or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”

Joe Blomeke
Blomeke, 63, resides at 806 Poplar St., Huntington. He is employed as a Realtor with RE/MAX results.

He graduated from Huntington Catholic High School in 1972 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in general business administration from Ball State University in 1976. In addition, he is a graduate of the School of Banking, Madison, WI, in 1987.

He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Huntington Optimist Club, Knights of Columbus Council 1014 and Upstate Alliance of Realtors.

Blomeke’s political experience includes being a member of Huntington Common Council from District 5.

Blomeke responded to the question by saying, “I enjoy working with the public. I am well suited for the office of recorder, based upon my lifelong family ties, my college and professional education, my work experiences with the public and my volunteerism to community service.

“I would direct office goals as friendly, professional and accurate to be exercised at all times. Whether a person is from the general public, realtor, attorney or whoever, they need to have professional and prompt service.”

Vicki Pearson
Pearson, 56, resides at 8817N-400W, Huntington. She is currently employed in the Huntington County Recorder’s Office as a deputy/clerical assistant.

She graduated from Huntington North High School in 1979. She previously worked 31 years in the title insurance industry and four years as a mortgage broker.

She is a member of American Business Women’s Association and the Moose Lodge. She has volunteered for the Indiana Dream Center, Habitat for Humanity, United Way and Boy Scout Troop 130.

Pearson does not have prior political experience.

She responded to the question by saying, “I knew when I was blessed with employment in the recorder’s office three years ago that when the present recorder’s term was officially over that I wanted to be the next recorder. My years of experience in the title insurance industry has given me the confidence, knowledge and experience I need to be the next Huntington County recorder.

“The recorder is elected by the public, so it is imperative that when a customer walks through the door they are your No. 1 priority; they need to be treated with the upmost respect and you need to give 110 percent in order to answer their questions. I will be a full-time working recorder and will be in the office to assist the employees in getting answers, if they do not already know them.

“I will continue with the digitizing of the records in order to make the information easier for the public to obtain. I can assure that the recorded documents will remain accurate, accessible and secure. I will require the employees to be educated on any new programs that will assist the public with obtaining their needed information.

“I want to continue the strong working relationship that is currently in place with the other county offices. It takes two other offices plus the recorder’s office to record certain documents. I will impress upon the employees how important the correct indexing of the recorded documents are for our customers, so they can obtain the correct information for their clients.

“It is also crucial to accept constructive criticism and if a mistake has been brought to your attention it needs to be fixed immediately.”