2018 Candidate As Recorder of Deeds Questions

City-Hall2This is Part B of the 7th Ward Independent Democrats St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds Candidate Survey. These are the candidate views and goals questions. Candidates were required to respond to both Part A & Part B in order to 1) participate in the June 10th Candidate Forum and 2) be considered for endorsement by 7th Ward Independent Democrats.

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Candidates Michael Butler and Jimmie Matthews did not respond to two invitations by email. 

B1) If you could amend any State law, City Charter provision, or City Ordinance related to the Recorder of Deeds what would it be and why? (75 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: I would like to increase the fee attached to marriage license applications to fund child abuse prevention and domestic abuse services.

B2) If you could amend any State law, City Charter provision, or City Ordinance unrelated to the Recorder of Deeds what would it be and why? (75 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: I would like to see stricter gun control laws.

B3) Do you support or oppose consolidating the Recorder of Deeds Office with the Assessor and why? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Oppose. Each has its own function and trained staff to accomplish required tasks.

B4) Do you support or oppose consolidating the Recorder of Deeds Vital Records services with the Health Department? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Oppose. We generate funds to City General Revenue and our Birth Records location is important to one-stop shopping for Drivers Licenses and Photo IDs at City Hall.

B5) Do you support consolidating any city or county service/office under the Recorder of Deeds and why? If yes, please specify. (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: no answer

B6) Do you support or oppose eliminating the Recorder of Deeds as an elected office, making it appointed, and why? If appointed by whom? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Oppose. The more democratically held city offices, the better. Appointments distance people from the office holder.

B7) Do you support or oppose eliminating the St. Louis City Collector of Revenue as an elected office, making it appointed, and why? If appointed by whom? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Oppose. See B6.

B8) Do you support or oppose eliminating the St. Louis City License Collector as an appointed office, making it appointed, and why? If appointed, by whom? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Oppose. See B6.

B9) Do you support or oppose eliminating the St. Louis City Treasurer as an elected office, making it appointed, and why? If appointed by whom? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Oppose. See B6.

B10) Do you support or oppose removing parking responsibilities from the St. Louis City Treasurer and why? If yes, who should have the responsibilities? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: not applicable to this office

B11) Do you support or oppose eliminating the St. Louis City Sheriff as an appointed office, making it appointed, and why? If appointed, by whom? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Oppose. See B6.

B12) Do you support or oppose eliminating the Assessor as a mayoral appointment, making it an elected office, and why? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Oppose

B13) Do you support or oppose unionization of Recorder of Deeds employees- organizing to bargain collectively for wages and benefits and why? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: This should be the decision of employees, not management. I will respect their decision.

B14) Do you support or oppose requiring Recorder of Deeds employees to be Civil Service employees and why? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: This should be the decision of employees, not management. I will respect their decision.

B15) Do you support or oppose eliminating the City’s Residency Rule and why? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter:  Oppose. Residents have the most at stake in managing our city.

B16) Name a current elected official in Missouri that you admire and why. (35 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: There are many elected officials that are admirable in Missouri. They do great work every day.

B17) Do you support or oppose changing St. Louis City from a Strong Mayor-Council form of government to a City Manager-Council form of government? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Oppose

B18) Grade current Mayor Lyda Krewson and explain why: A for great job, B for good job, C for mediocre job, D for bad job, F for failing. (35 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Not applicable for this office

B19) Grade former Mayor Francis Slay in his last term and explain why: A for great job, B for good job, C for mediocre job, D for bad job, F for failed. (35 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Not applicable for this office

B20) Do you support or oppose placing the issue of ward reduction before the voters of St. Louis City again and why? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Not applicable for this office

B21) Do you support or oppose re-entry of St. Louis City into St. Louis County without approval of the voters of the City and County and why? (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Not applicable for this office

B22) Complete the following sentence and expand: Rex Sinquefield is… (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: Rex Sinquefield is determined to destroy this city.

B23) Describe your most important professional accomplishment to date. (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: I have worked to keep the office updated, visually and professionally, with information and new technology and bringing more interaction with citizens.

B24) Describe one change that you will bring to the Recorder of Deeds Office over the next four years. (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter:  I intend to bring Passport services to this office.

B25) Tell us something about yourself or your Recorder of Deeds goals NOT found on your campaign website/Facebook page, your campaign literature, or in Part A or Part B of our survey. (50 words or less)

Sharon Quigley Carpenter: As a student of history, I recognize the care and precision taken in today’s recordings that may be not be valued for another one hundred years. I relish my care of that responsibility.

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