Two candidates are competing for the Republican nomination for the position of Cherokee County Treasurer. Hedgie Roswitha Brandt, the former deputy treasurer who was appointed earlier this year to fill the vacancy filled by the resignation of Lynde Lundquist as treasurer, is being challenged by Nancy M. Nelson, local business owner.
Hedgie Roswitha Brandt has been working in the Cherokee County Treasurer's Office since 1981, full-time since 1983.
"I have the experience and knowledge to do the job," Brandt stated. She has worked in all three departments of the treasurer's office -- tax, auto and driver's license. She has been the deputy treasurer since 2001 and was recently appointed treasurer when Lynde Lundquist resigned from the position.
"I love working for the county. It is an honor serving the public," she said.
Brandt said a treasurer must keep up with all of the laws of the state governing the treasurer's office and be able to be careful and wise in handling the funds of the county. Funds are used for short-term purchase of CDs in order to earn interest while being safe with the public's funds.
The treasurer needs to keep up with changes in laws regarding vehicle registration and driver's licenses. The treasurer also conducts an annual tax sale.
Brandt noted that computer programs and the computers themselves have changed significantly over the years. Conducting driver's license tests is a responsibility that the county treasurers took over in 2003.
Brandt was born in Germany and is now a U.S. citizen.
She has two children. Keith Brandt now lives in Greenfield, Iowa, and has two children.
Christina is married to Jeff Volkert. They live in Holstein and have two children.
"I always take away something from every job. I believe operating a business has taught me a lot," Nelson said.
She said that people had approached her and asked whether she would be interested in seeking the treasurer position.
"They just wanted to see somebody different," she said, "This is a good opportunity to be a positive part of the county."
Nelson says she will bring a positive attitude and a good rapport with people to the position of treasurer.
She says she is familiar with computers, including the system used by the county, having worked as a secretary for the public health department.
Nelson said she has been asked whether she plans on keeping her business open. She said she plans to, although she would need to hire somebody to manage it.
Nelson has a BS degree in Horticulture Science from Montana State University, and has also studied correspondence and business skills in college.
Her husband, Barry, is a foreman at Lundell's. They have three children. Brian is 12, Benjamin is almost 9 and Annalie is 7.
The family is active in scouting, and also belong to the Full Draw Archery Club.