Two battle for Missaukee Clerk- Nielsen

July 28, 2016

By John Raffel
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In a key contested race for the Aug. 2 Republican primary in Missaukee County, Jessica Nielsen is running for a full-term as county clerk/register of needs.

Nielsen has been in the position for one year and several years in the clerk/register’s department. It’s the first political office in which she’s served.

“I am running to retain my position because I enjoy working for the county,” Nielsen said. “I am invested in this county and the people that live here. I am also running because I have proven that I am capable to serve in this position and feel as though I am an asset to the county. “

Nielsen feels positive with what she’s been able to accomplish in her short term.

“In my first year as clerk/register I have successfully administrated four elections, transitioned the CPL program under the new statutory requirements, and done my part as a department head to assist in closing the budget deficit the county is facing by way of making concessions as well as implementing cost savings options,” Nielsen said. “I feel that I offer a multitude of traits essential for my job including experience, education, subject knowledge, good leadership, and an aptitude for working well with both the public and my colleagues in the best interests of the county. I also feel that if elected, I will continue to work with my staff to provide excellent records and efficiency within my department, which is the main responsibility of my position.”

Nielsen said she is ready to tackle many challenges in her position.

“If elected, one of the issues I will be working on is the selection, purchase, and implementation of new election equipment that is set to be a state mandate on the immediate horizon,” Nielsen said. “This will be an important task and I will be relying on my knowledge of elections as well working with the township and city clerks to do what will be best for Missaukee County voters.

“The next term will also include facing continued budget constraints for the County. Although my position is no longer in charge of the budget document and implementing changes, it is one of my statutory duties to maintain an adequate level of service for customers, but also being as conservative as possible to alleviate further financial issues for the county.”
Nielsen said she has enjoyed her seven years with the county.

“I have enjoyed my seven years with the county thus far,” she said. “I believe that nothing proves capability like performance. I am confident I have successfully transitioned to clerk/register and always maintained an adequate service level for my constituents as well as an efficient and friendly atmosphere. I want to contribute to making this county a great place to live so my children can experience it just as I did. Lastly, if elected, I will absolutely continue serving the people of Missaukee County to the best of my ability.”

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