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Brindle handily wins register of deeds race

Republican John Brindle is switching from being a sheriff’s office investigator to an elected official after cruising to victory in the register of deeds race by more than 20 percentage points.

Brindle served as register of deeds from 2008 to 2010 after being appointed to the position. He ran as a Democrat in the 2010 election and was unsuccessful against incumbent register of deeds Harry Welch. Brindle defeated Welch in the 2014 party primaries and was successful again Tuesday night when he defeated Democrat Sandra Sims-Campbell.

Brindle had worked in the register of deeds office since 2004 before being appointed to the top position in 2008 after Bobby Earnhardt retired. He thanked the people who worked to help him in his election bid and said automating the register of deeds office is a priority for him once he takes office.

“I’ve had a lot of great help,” Brindle said about people who worked during his campaign. “It’s going to be fun. I look forward to the challenge of the job and look forward to saving some more county tax dollars.”

Brindle said that if he didn’t earn a Rowan County resident’s vote in 2014 that he hopes he gets it in four more years.

“I was expecting a large margin, but not that large,” Brindle said about the number of people who voted for him. “I’m really thrilled with the numbers and the people who supported me and made this happen.”

Brindle’s opponent also brought experience to the office. Sims-Campbell first joined the register of deeds office after being hired by the late Jean K. Ramsey. After 22 years of working in the office, she was fired on the day she decided to run for the position.

Sims-Cambell was first hired to work in the register of deeds office after seeing an opening for a deputy position. She was commuting to Winston-Salem at the time for work at Winston-Salem University and, with a 1-year-old, working in Salisbury was more attractive.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

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