Lora Holdridge is a Republican running for Bourbon County Register of Deeds in the upcoming election. Here are a few interview questions with her answers.
1. Please tell readers a little bit about yourself and your background.
I was born here and I graduated high school here. My dad’s job moved us around a lot but I settled back here when I was nine. I then followed my husband to South Carolina for about 10 years, but you always come home.
I am married and have one son that is currently finishing up his tour in the Navy, and a beautiful daughter in law.
I am a K-State Certified Register of Deeds.
2. Why are you running for office?
I started in this office 8 years ago, when I was appointed in April of 2011 I knew that I would run for election. I love what I do!
3. What do you feel is the single most important issue facing the county?
Only one! Cost of living!
4. Why do you think you are a better choice for voters than the incumbent? (If you are the incumbent, why do you think you are a better choice than others who are running?)
I have been here for 8 years, I have done everything in this office. I started at the bottom and worked my way up. You need to have land related training to be the Register.
5. What is the single most important skill you would bring to the office?
6. If elected, what would your top priority be during your first 90 days?
Continue with the money saving jobs we have already implemented to digitize our most valued land record books.
7. Health insurance is one of the fastest growing expenses the county is facing. What are some ways you’d recommend the county deal with this issue?
Not sure this is even available here in Kansas, but in South Carolina everyone(state, federal, city, county, schools) all belonged to Blue Cross Blue Shield State. If we teamed up with the large companies we might be able to get a better rate. Health fairs. The county employees don’t always get any cost of living raises and it helps to know that we have good insurance.