Randy Johnston Running In Republican Primary For Register Of Deeds

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
From left to right are Sterling Jetton, Randy Johnston (seated), Daniel Johnston and Katie Johnston.
From left to right are Sterling Jetton, Randy Johnston (seated), Daniel Johnston and Katie Johnston.

Randy Johnston, a 33-year employee in the Hamilton County Assessor of Property’s office, has announced his candidacy for the office of Hamilton County Register of Deeds.

Also in the race to succeed Pam Hurst are state Rep. Marc Gravitt and Sheldon Wright, who works in the office. Another current employee, Vickie Schroyer, is running as a Democrat.

Mr. Johnston said, "It has been a privilege to work for the great citizens of Hamilton County for the past 33 years. Those years working as a servant leader in the office of the Hamilton County Assessor of Property has given me the experience to step into the Register of Deeds office and continue the strong leadership the office currently experiences.

"I look forward to bringing, not only my public service experience to the voters, but also 23 years of being a successful Hamilton County small business owner.

"Being in the Assessor’s office has taught me the critical value of maintaining accurate records and data, which is very much also a critical part of operations in the Register of Deeds’ office. There is a strong partnership between the Assessor’s office and the Register of Deeds, which is why I am running to be the next Hamilton County Register of Deeds.

"Experienced Leadership. Experienced Service. This is why I ask for your vote on May 1st in the Republican primary to become your next Hamilton County Register of Deeds."

His campaign said, "Randy Johnston knows how to work hard and has continuously proven that during his 33 years in the Hamilton County Assessor’s Office. Hired into the office as a data collector by former Assessor, Claude Ramsey, Randy’s work ethic proved his dedication to the citizens of Hamilton County and was promoted to Residential Appraiser, followed by promotion to senior appraiser. Randy was promoted again by Ramsey’s successor, Bill Bennett, to Supervisor of Residential Property. Hamilton County’s current Assessor of Property, Marty Haynes, who was a campaign opponent to Randy Johnston in the 2016 Assessor’s race, has leaned on Randy’s leadership and experience since taking office, resulting in Randy’s promotion to Director of Residential Property."

The other candidate in the 2016 Assessor’s race has come out in support of Randy Johnston to be the next Register of Deeds in Hamilton County.  

Sterling Jetton, former campaign opponent, said, "Randy and I have served together, and even ran in campaigns against each other, but by God’s grace, our friendship has survived. I ask my family and friends, and those who have voted for me and Randy in the past, to join hands and hearts and get on Randy’s team for Hamilton County Register of Deeds. Two other good men are in the race, but neither has the experience of supervision as Randy, nor the business skills."



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