EXPRESSING HER APPRECIATION — Newly-elected Bradley County Register of Deeds Dina Swafford was expressing her appreciation Tuesday to three of her supporters, from left, David Smith, James Rogers and Brent Mathews. Banner photo, DONNA KAYLOR
Deputy Register of Deeds Dina Swafford successfully fended off two challengers with a campaign based on experience and passion for public service.Swafford has served 23 years in the office she loves to go to every day. “I thank God,” she said. “He just gave me a sense of peace about the election.” She described the competition with Hubert Conley and Donnie Sullivan as a nice, clean race.“I asked them up front when we first started to please run a clean race and it was,” she said.Swafford won the Republican Primary on Tuesday with 5,141 votes or 44.2 percent of the 11,630 ballots cast in that particular race. Conley finished with 4,085 or 35.12 percent, and Sullivan ended election day with 2,401 or 20.64 percent. She faces no opposition in the Aug. 5 County General Election.Swafford said during a recent debate that very little would change in the office if she was elected. However, Conley ran on the platform of improving technology to make information more accessible and user friendly.
Swafford said the Register of Deeds Raymond Swafford went ahead and installed electronic mail.“We have e-mail now and we are looking into e-filing,” she said. “It may not happen this year but it is coming. We just want to make sure it is safe before we implement the service.”