This page provides information about candidates in competitive May 3 primary races for the Monroe County Recorder.
In 1816, the Office of County Recorder was the first local office created by the State of Indiana constitution. It is the primary duty of County Recorders to record instruments submitted for recording and maintain those records for perpetuity.
There are three candidates in the upcoming primary elections running for the Monroe County recorder: Paul White, who is unopposed in the Republican primary, and competing Democrats Swain and Ashley Cranor.
The position is term-limited, so Eric Schmitz, who has served as recorder for the past seven years, cannot run for reelection.
Democrat Primary Recorder Debate
Ashley Cranor (D)
Ashley Cranor has served as your Chief Deputy Recorder for the last seven years. Her focus has been to improve the research experience by updating and renovating the office and the technology. Her love for our local heritage, and safe keeping over 3,000 early records, maps and resources in the Fielder Archives, she wishes to be a part of discovering, sharing and lifting up the voices of those that have been quieted in the books of our local history as your next Monroe County Recorder. Before this time, Cranor was recruited by the Monroe County Commissioners to be their Grants Administrator with a focus on energy reduction solutions. Cranor was able to accomplish many firsts. Her ability to build partnerships, write grants and implement the programs put Monroe County on the map nationally for their efforts and accomplishments in utilizing renewable energy sources and reducing energy output.
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Amy Swain (D)
Swain was previously a board member for Indian Creek Township and currently serves as its clerk. She wants to continue to serve her community, she said, and the recorder’s office best fits her skillset. She worked as a records archivist for the city of Bloomington in 2015, when she converted public records into electronic forms in a searchable database. She sees herself as a results-oriented leader with more than 20 years of experience improving bottom line and overall organizational performance. Strategic and innovative problem solver. Experienced presenter, able to travel. Swain also ran for election to represent District 62 in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2018 and lost to Jeff Ellington, R-Bloomington. She lives in Monroe County with her husband, Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain.