Former Daviess County Circuit Court Clerk Rosemary Abel has announced her intention to run for the office in 2014. Abel, who served as clerk for eight years ending in 2008, will be a candidate in the Republican primary. Abel said she enjoyed her previous service and found it challenging and rewarding. “During my last term as clerk, the federal Help America Vote Act was passed, requiring every county clerk to purchase and implement new, approved election equipment and voter registration systems, which required coordination and training with vendors, the Indiana Election Division, poll workers, technicians and staff to meet those challenges.”
Abel has worked in the clerk’s office since 1992. She was first deputy to Doris Munning, and now serves as first deputy for Clerk Sherri Healy. Her current duties include responsibility for filing and maintaining circuit court files for estates, guardianship, various juvenile filings, adoptions and mental health.
Abel noted that the clerk’s office is responsible for the collection and disbursement of millions of dollars in child support, court costs, restitution, civil collections, and other fees to the state, county, and public. “The clerk must abide by state law in regard to all these matters, as well as those of protecting and maintaining records, which includes the microfilming of old court records and planning for the preservation of records now in the computer system.”
Abel has served as Republican precinct committeeman, poll worker, state convention delegate, co-chairman for Lincoln Day, past secretary, vice-president and president of Daviess County Republican Women, who honored her with the “Tribute to Women” award. She was also elected by her peers as Southern District President of the Indiana Clerk’s Association.
Rosemary and Dave Abel have been married for 34 years and live in Washington. Their oldest daughter Andria McCarty and her husband Mike live in Vincennes with their two grandsons, Jakob and Nickolas. Their youngest daughter Laura was married to Chase Truelove in 2012. Rosemary is a member of Antioch Christian Church and serves on the prayer team there.
“If elected, my experience will help me effectively maintain the integrity of records, uphold the public’s trust in accounting for pubic funds, and manage elections fairly and efficiently,” said Abel. “Many times people come to the Clerk’s office in stressful times and I will treat all with empathy and respect regardless of the circumstances that bring them to the office,” Abel said, adding that she looks forward to meeting voters in the coming months.