As the end of her third term nears, and a decision must be made whether to seek a fourth term, Terri Braun isn’t hesitant to say, “I truly love his job.”
But, at this point in her life, the county clerk and recorder is ready to switch priorities.
“I have two grandchildren, and one on the way,” Braun said.
With that, Braun announced on Tuesday that she will not be running for re-election in 2014.
At the same time, her chief deputy, Kelly Taylor, announced that she will run for the county clerk and recorder post.
“I just need to have more time to spend with my family,” Braun said. That family includes her husband Randy and three children.
“There have been so many things that I have loved in this job, one of them being the fact that I have met so many people that I would not have met otherwise.
“I have always enjoyed serving the public, and I’m pleased that I have been able to make some changes in the office that were part of my goals,” Braun said.
Admittedly, there are things that she will miss after she leaves office.
At or near the top of that list is the work related to elections.
“Even though it’s a very busy time, it’s also a fun and very exciting time,” Braun said.
As she prepares to leave office, Braun has good words for her staff member who wants to succeed her.
“She has been my chief deputy since 2004, and she’s very qualified to step in as the county clerk,” Braun said.
Taylor has worked in the office for more than a decade, and during that time, she said, “I have learned about everything in this office.
“It’s hard for anyone to know completely all of the duties of the individual staff, but I do know at least a little bit about how to do anything in this office,” Taylor said.
That includes recording births and deaths, working in the area of genealogy, processing marriage applications, and handling payroll and bills.
And she knows all about elections, an area in which she specializes.
Taylor said she’s prepared to become the head of the county clerk and recorder department.
“It’s not an easy job, but it is one that is enjoyable and very rewarding,” she said.
“I feel comfortable knowing that I am very familiar with what this office handles and how it serves the residents of Fayette County,” she said.
Taylor lives in the Augsburg area with her husband, Shane, and their son, Philip, who will celebrate his first birthday on Sept. 2. The couple is expecting their second child early next year.