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Monday, July 26, 2021

    Brandy Harfst

    Office Sought: Muscatine County Auditor

    Political Party: Democrat

    Candidate Email: [email protected]

    Candidate Website: https://facebook.com/harfstforauditor

    Campaign Committee: Harfst For Auditor

    Educational Background

    NameCityStateYearsDiploma/Degree Earned
    Muscatine High SchoolMuscatineIA4Diploma
    Muscatine Community CollegeMuscatineIA2Associate of Applied Science majoring in Administrative and Office Support

    Employment History

    EmployerJob TitleStart DateEnd DateBrief Job Description
    Legal Abstract CompanyOperations Manager and Head ResearcherMay 2018Present
    Allbee & Barclay, P.C.Legal AssistantJanuary 2014Present

    Endorsements Received

    OrganizationDateContact Name
    Quad City Federation of LaborJuly 22, 2020Julia McMeekan
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – AFSCME Council 61August 25, 2020Allison Ritchie

    Why are you running for election?

    I am running for Muscatine County Auditor to help keep our elections safe and secure, ensure fiscal responsibility, and protect the residents Muscatine County.

    What are the 3 most important issues facing your office over the next term?

    IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue?
    Safe and Secure ElectionsTo keep our elections fair and impartial.This issue will be addressed by showing the same fairness and respect to all citizens regardless of party affiliation.
    Ensure fiscal responsibilityTo protect residents of Muscatine County.I will make sure all tax payer dollars are used responsibly and not wasted on unnecessary items.
    Real estate transfer recordsMaking sure property transfer records are correct will avoid unnecessary expenses.I will address this issue by reviewing the legal descriptions listed on transfer records so the correct property is transferred.

    What are the 3 most important issues facing Muscatine County over the next term?

    IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue? (if applicable)
    SafetyWe must have public safety to protect all citizens.By following all recommended ethics guidelines, regulations, and completing all appropriate training.
    Mental Health AwarenessMany issues are the result of untreated mental health.Making sure there are no unnecessary expenses so more funds can go to programs designed to address mental health issues.

    What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?

    I was born and raised here in Muscatine. I graduated from Muscatine High School and Muscatine Community College with an Associate of Applied Science majoring in Administrative and Office Support. I’ve been pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree with Human Relations and Justice Studies emphasis from the University of Iowa. I have also been attending the Iowa Land Title Association Certified Land Title Professional Program at the University of Northern Iowa. While I am new to campaigning, I am not new to the administrative profession. Administrative Assistant, Legal Assistant, Operations Manager and Legal Abstractor are a few of the positions I’ve held. It is through these positions that I gained a vast variety of work experience that will help me excel in the Auditor position. I am familiar with the functions of the Auditor’s office and I have consulted with the office staff on many work related issues.

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