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Schaal announces candidacy for county clerk

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A Farina woman has decided to run for Fayette County clerk and recorder, meaning that there will be a contest for that post in 2014.
Barb Schaal, a Republican, announced on Monday evening that she will run for the post now held by Democrat Terri Braun, who will retire next year.

Schaal is the second person to file for that position, the first being Kelly Taylor, a Democrat who currently serves as Braun’s chief deputy.
Schaal, a longtime resident of Fayette County, has been a hair stylist for 18 years, and has operated a cosmetology business, Hair It Is, in St. Peter for 11 years.
While operating that business, she continued her education, obtaining certification to teach cosmetology.
Her decision to run for county clerk and recorder is her second venture into government. Schaal is currently in her second term as the LaClede Township supervisor.
“During my terms in this role, I have coordinated the cleanup of LaClede Township Cemetery in Farina,” Schaal said. “Reaching out to obtain donations, I have organized the volunteers and helped maintain the cleaning and stone repair of this site.”
Schaal said that she has also been active in the community, participating in many local projects and causes.
She has volunteered for the Farina Daily Bread food pantry, Caring & Sharing, the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” events, Farina’s Fourth of July Celebration and St. Peter Prairie Days.
An active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Schaal has served as a Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher.
Schaal has battled cancer, and said she has learned a number of things during her fight against the disease.
“After a grueling year of medical treatments and self-finding of strength, I am proud to announce my standing as a breast cancer survivor,” she said.
“This past year has not only shown me how great my clients, neighbors, friends and family are, it has deepened my passion to work for those who have done so much for me,” Schaal said.
“My experiences, both personally and professionally, lead me to believe I am a candidate that would benefit the people of Fayette County,” she said.
Schaal lives on the family farm just outside Farina with her husband of 22 years, Darrell.
The Schaals have two children.
Justin, 22, who works on the family farm, serves as the LaClede Township road commissioner and is a member of the Farina Fire Department.
Jordan, 16, is a student at South Central High School, where she plays volleyball and softball. She shows sheep and works as a babysitter.
Both of the Schaal children are continuing the family tradition of raising and showing sheep.