Veterans Day 2022

November 11, 2022 - Thank you for your service!

We owe so much to those who fought and are fighting for our freedoms. Whenever you have a chance to thank someone for their service - take the opportunity. They, and their families, have sacrificed so much for us.



*There is a Veterans Day ceremony this morning at 8a at the Veterans Cemetery.

*Reminder: Dallas County offices are closed today.

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THANK YOU!!

November 8, 2022 - Thank you, Dallas County!!!!
I am beyond excited to serve you as your next Dallas County Recorder!

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November 7, 2022 - As we are now 24 hours away from the polls closing, my family and I would like to say “Thank you”. Thank you for the opportunity to be on the ballot in this general election.


Thank you to everyone who has already voted for me; I love the pictures some of you have sent showing you voting early for me.

In all of this, I hope I have taught my girls to go for whatever they want to do in life and be unapologetically themselves always.

Thank you for all of the support. I love this county, I love the people in this county, and I would love to serve as your next Dallas County Recorder.

#renaeforrecorder

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November 5, 2022 - What exactly does the Recorder’s office do? This is probably the most asked question when I tell people what office I’m running for.

The Recorder’s office does the following (including but not limited to - this is a very basic list):

-records all real estate transaction documents (lots of different documents fall under this category);

-issues birth and death certificates;

-issues marriage licenses;

-registers ATV, ORV, snowmobiles, and boats;

-handles filing of military discharge papers;

-records trade names for sole proprietorships or co-partnerships


Real estate documents may be a large part of what the Recorder’s office does, but in my mind, they are not the most important thing the office does. I believe the most important thing the Recorder’s office does is whatever we are helping someone with at the moment; whether it’s on the phone or over the counter. There is not one document the Recorder’s office handles that is more important than another!

#renaeforrecorder

 
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New Dallas County Brand Identity

November 4, 2022 - Dallas County released their new logo today.

 

Supporter Series

November 4, 2022 - Thank you, Wombat, for your support!

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October 31, 2022 - Here is just a sampling of some of the parades from the last two summers (with all of my awesome volunteers). Some seem like so long ago already.

I have been in this for 20 months. For 20 months I have held down a full time job, being a mom, wife, daughter, friend, volunteer; all while getting out there and letting you get to know me so you feel confident in your vote for me. I didn’t wait to jump in this race last minute. I didn’t wait to see what others would do. I knew I was a good fit for this office and that I wanted to serve, so I went for it.

You have seen me out in public. I have given you lots and lots of info about me. I had wanted to break the mold of what you picture a politician to be, and I hope I have accomplished that. This isn’t about politics to me. This is about the people of Dallas County. This is about the county I know like the back of my hand.

I hope I have earned your trust, your confidence, and your vote.

I appreciate all of you.

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October 30, 2022 - Happy Halloween from Rip and Beth!

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Supporter Series

October 30, 2022 - Thank you, Lisa! I appreciate your support and friendship!

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2022-23 Pheasant Season

October 29, 2022 - Happy opening day fellow pheasant hunters! Have a fun and SAFE season!

Here are some pictures from a hunt last December. Looking forward to getting out again after November 8!

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October 28, 2022 - Today was my last elementary Halloween party…

She took after her mom and dressed up as a 50’s girl today. When trying to decide what to be, she asked me what I used to dress up as and this was one option. 

 

Raccoon Valley Radio Interviews

October 27, 2022 - If you have some time, I invite you to listen to our radio interviews that aired last night. No matter your party affiliation, I hope you will do your research and vote for the most qualified candidate for this position.

Recorder candidate interviews start with me at 1:11:52.

To clarify one more time for my opponent, I was not chosen by the current Recorder to be his replacement. I'm not sure where that comes from, but it is completely false.

Thank you, again, Coltrane and Raccoon Valley Radio, for this opportunity.

Link to interview

 

Support Series

October 26, 2022 - Thank you, Kim, for your kind words and support!

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October 25, 2022 - Have you seen our signs around beautiful Dallas County? Here is just a sampling of our big ones - thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to let us use their land, or yard for a yard sign!

Remember - I will work hard for you. I have the business experience, leadership skills, and solid ideas for the Recorder’s office that I think you might like.

I love being out in public and meeting people. You have seen me work hard for 20 months since I started running for Recorder, and that hard work will continue after November 8.

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Supporter Series

October 24, 2022 - Thank you, Shelly! One of the many great people of Dallas County I have met on my campaign journey these last 20 months, who I now get to call a friend. I appreciate your help and support!

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Supporter Series

October 23, 2022 - Thank you, Sheriff Infante, for your kind words and support. I look forward to serving with you! I appreciate your service, and that of your deputies (full time and reserve), jailers, dispatchers, and all DCSO staff. I have always had great respect for law enforcement, and I believe it's my responsibility as a citizen to make sure they know they are appreciated.

Thank you, again, Sheriff Infante!

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Supporter Series

October 22, 2022 - Thank you, Kim! I appreciate you and your friendship!

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Zach Nunn in Waukee

October 21, 2022 - Had such a great time tonight at the Manning farm in Waukee for the Zach Nunn event. So good to see many supporters there. There is nothing like being on a farm at sunset with some great people!!
Also good to talk to Iowa Sec of Ag, Mike Naig, about my background in Ag supply chain and the challenges in the industry right now.

Exactly 18 days from right now, polls will be closing!!!

#renaeforrecorder

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Supporter Series

October 21, 2022 - Thank you, Michelle! I appreciate your kind words!

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October 20, 2022 - Just recorded a radio interview that will air next week. Thanks to Raccoon Valley Radio for the opportunity!

Enjoy the beautiful weather the next few days Dallas County!

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Supporter Series

October 20, 2022 - Thank you, Janet, for your kind words and friendship! Janet grew up with my parents in Wyoming and has been like family ever since!

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Supporter Series

October 18, 2022 - Thank you, Mensur!  You have been such a great co-worker and friend to me!

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October 16, 2022 - Thank you, Rhonda! I am blessed to have a sister-in-law who is also a friend!!

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October 15, 2022 - Thank you, Kendra, for your support and kind words!! I always look forward to working with you!

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October 14, 2022 - Thank you, Mitch, for your support and for your service to Dallas County! I would be honored to serve with you!

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October 13, 2022 - Thank you, Holly, for your support!

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Supporter Series

October 12, 2022 - I am all about numbers, so with 27 days left, I thought it would be appropriate to have my husband's testimonial today. His college football number was 27. Thanks, Dan, for always supporting me in whatever I do!!

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Happy Birthday to my brother!

October 11, 2022 - Sending out a very special birthday wish to my brother Brad! Thanks for always being there for me; for coming home and being in parades with me, for advice when I need it, and for looking out for your little sis. I remember the days when I used to come out of the old Adel middle school and just hope that he would be there to pick me up in his cool Bronco. 
Happy Birthday big bro, I love you and admire you so much!!

 

Supporter Series

October 10, 2022 - Thank you, Lisa! One of the great team members in the Recorder's office; a team of which I would be proud to be a part of!

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Supporter Series

October 9, 2022 - Thank you, Amanda, for your kind words!  I am so glad I had the opportunity to work with you these past few years. Truly makes the end to my career the best it could have been.

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One month and counting!

October 8, 2022 - ONE month to go!!! I used this picture one month out from the Primary and using it again one month out from the General because it’s one of my favorites.

I am getting yard signs out as I can. If you would like one, please send me a message. If you had one during the Primary, please let me know if you want one again. Remember - I will take them down the day after the election!

Thank you for helping me get my name out again for the General election. I can’t believe there is only one month left!

 

Supporter Series

October 7, 2022 - Thank you, Presha, for your support!

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September 30, 2022 - Friday Fun Fact.

Have you ever had anyone ask you what your dream job would have been? Maybe it’s been used as an ice breaker question to open up a meeting you have attended?

My answer….a real estate agent.

 
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September 29, 2022 - Throwback Thursday. Feb 1991.
ADM students went to the courthouse lawn during the school day to show support for our troops in Desert Storm. These postcards were made by the Adel American Legion. You can actually see me in this photo.

 
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Property Taxes Due

September 26, 2022 - Don’t forget to pay your property taxes this week to our awesome Dallas County Treasurer’s office!!

I’ve been paying Dallas County property taxes since I bought my first house in Waukee in 2003. Why do I tell you that? To give you an example of why I have a vested interest in this county and in how OUR tax money is spent.

#renaeforrecorder

 
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National Daughters Day

September 25, 2022 - Happy National Daughters Day to my two girls who are my world.

 
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September 18, 2022 - I talk about being a leader a lot because that is my perspective on what the Recorder should be - a true leader who wants to bring out the best in their team.

For me, this race is not about a certain salary, health benefits, or retirement….I already have all of that. This is about wanting to serve the people of Dallas County and lead a team to new heights.

Have a great week and remember, you don’t need a certain title to be a leader!I already have all of that. This is about wanting to serve the people of Dallas County and lead a team to new heights.

Have a great week and remember, you don’t need a certain title to be a leader!

 

DeSoto Fun Days

September 17, 2022 - It was a soggy morning in DeSoto! Thanks to everyone who was there for me - even my niece’s puppy got to ride along! I walked the parade with my trusty umbrella - a little rain never hurts. Great to see all of the smiling faces along the route.

Was fun seeing my old 4-6 grade school building, great to see my signs going up, and great to stop by and see my brother who was working today!

Happy Saturday Dallas County!!

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Happy Birthday to my brother!

September 16, 2022 - Happy Birthday to my brother Doug today! Thanks for being one of my biggest supporters in Dallas County!!!

 
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9/11

September 11, 2022 - I will never forget where I was, or the sights, sounds, and images (such as this) from that day and for several days after.

It’s a day and a feeling that I can’t accurately describe to my kids, but I still try.

May we all never forget, and may we never stop teaching younger generations about this day and the patriotism that ensued for a very long time.

 

Dallas County GOP event

September 9, 2022 - There is one part of my speech from last night that I want to share with you. You may have heard me say this before, but it’s important:

There are two main things I have learned over the years of being involved in politics. I will carry these two things forward with me when I become Recorder:

1. A title will never change who I am. I will be the same person after I am elected as I am today.
2. Plain and simple…I do not and will not play political games.

Thanks to everyone who attended last night and those who wished me well. You all keep me going strong.

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September 8, 2022 - Congratulations to our new Dallas County Sheriff Adam Infante, who was appointed by the Board of Supervisors this morning.

I will always be there to support those I serve with.

Congratulations, Sheriff!

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September 5, 2022

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September 4, 2022 - I promise to be a positive influence and I promise I will never take anything for granted.

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Farm Progress Show

September 2, 2022 - Fun day at the 2022 Farm Progress Show yesterday. Yes, I saw some Dallas County voters, thanks to those who said hello! Also got to see a group of some of my favorite people and biggest supporters.

Agriculture has been my life for many years. Thank you, farmers, and all who are involved with “feeding the world”!!!

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Sheriff Leonard retires

August 30, 2022 - I have been present at the Board of Supervisors meetings for months now. The Sheriff also attends as much as he can. Today was our last meeting together and tomorrow will be his last day in office. Thank you for all you have done, Sheriff Leonard, and for your ongoing support of me.

As a reminder there is an open house for him tomorrow from 3-6p at the Sheriff’s office.

 
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Absentee ballot requests can be submitted

August 30, 2022 - Today is the first day you can submit an absentee ballot request for the November 8 election!
Any questions, call or stop by the Auditor’s office, 210 N 10th St, Adel;
515-993-4751

 

Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention

August 28, 2022 - Four years ago today was one of the worst days of many of our lives.

It’s the day my brother-in-law (my husband’s brother) decided to end his life.

This is the face of why I am a huge supporter of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

This picture was taken the last weekend we spent with him. It was the weekend we realized something was wrong. We thought his life was perfect; we thought he was happy. Until that weekend. He smiled for this picture, but there was not much smiling the rest of the weekend (he was known for always joking around). Two weeks later, after he was in and out of the hospital and they were zero help - and other obstacles - we thought we had come up with a plan to help him, whether he liked it or not. We were talking about it after work that day when we got the worst phone call of our lives. He was gone. It was too late.

It was a day that changed a lot of us forever. The grief and regret are still somedays unbearable. I often think about how he would have been one of my biggest supporters.

Be kind.
Have compassion.
Love without conditions.
Take care of yourself and those around you.
Pay attention to the warning signs.
Take nothing for granted.

I will always be an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention, whether it be in my personal life, or as a leader in my professional life

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August 27, 2022 - What a beautiful, perfect morning across Dallas County!!! Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who helped me out today all over the county!!

It was so good to see many of you along the parade routes this morning. I appreciate everyone who saw me and reached out. Means the world to me.

I would be so proud to serve the great people of this county as your next Dallas County Recorder!

#renaeforrecorder

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School Days

August 23, 2022 - As a lot of Dallas County schools start today or this week sometime, I’m sending positive vibes to all of the students, parents, and school staff.

I hope everyone’s stress and anxiety is minimal as we all get back into the groove of our school schedules.

Have a great 2022-23 school year!

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Special Olympics at Dunkin' Donuts

August 19, 2022 - On our way to the State Fair we stopped by to see my friend Sgt. Dirksen and donate to the Special Olympics. Thank you to all of the law enforcement out at Dunkin’ for this great cause. Special Olympics is a great organization and one I am proud to support.

I was able to meet and talk with two athletes, Matthew and Patrick. We can learn so much from them. I won’t say which one, but one of them saw my shirt and asked which party I was. I told him Republican and he said he respected me for that but he is a Democrat. I told him I also respected him and that I do not put labels on people - I have friends who are both Republicans and Democrats. He was appreciative of that.

That is your Friday morning lesson from a very special Olympian. Let’s all try to be more like him. Be kind.

To know me is to know I do not treat you differently based on your political party or any other beliefs. That will never change.

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Habitat for Humanity at the ISF

August 17, 2022 - So much fun volunteering at the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity house build at the Iowa State Fair today!!! We did trim work inside and then got to put up the house number and mailbox.

Thank you, Ryan and crew, for a wonderful experience today and for all you do to help families get on their feet with affordable housing.

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August 15, 2022 - After being sworn into office in January, there are two things I will immediately implement in the Recorder's office.

1) Team meetings. We will decide, as a team, the frequency of these. We will start out doing quick checkpoint meetings every morning as a team (aka whiteboard meetings, stand-up meetings, etc). In addition, we will have longer team meetings either bi-weekly or monthly to cover broader topics than we would cover in our morning checkpoints.

2) One-on-one (1:1) meetings between myself and each employee. We will also decide the frequency of these as a team. I feel these are an important way to go over individual goals as needed and address any concerns or questions the employee may have. It’s important for a leader to stay in tune with what is going on with each of their employees.


I have put together a Venn diagram to illustrate why I think each of these is important and why they are collectively important. I'm sure there are more that could be added. I hope this gives you more insight to the type of leader I will be as your next Dallas County Recorder. The leader and the environment they create will directly impact productivity and overall atmosphere in the office.

#renaeforrecorder

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Adel Sweet Corn Festival this weekend

August 11, 2022 - Welcome to Adel!!!!! Tomorrow the festivities begin; hope to see many of you tomorrow night or Saturday!!!

 
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Three months to go!

August 8, 2022 - Happy Monday Dallas County!!!! Today is August 8....that means we are just THREE short months away from election day! That also means you have just three months to get to know your candidates.

Here's a little fact about me: I have been registered to vote in Dallas County since I signed up in my ADM Government class my senior year back in the 90's. Since then, I have taken my right to vote at every level very seriously.

I hope everyone has a great week and I hope to see many of you on Saturday at the Adel Sweet Corn Fest!

 

Leadership

August 6, 2022 - As a leader, I already have a lot of ideas on how the Recorder’s office could be run to best serve the needs of Dallas County. However, it’s not just my ideas that matter. When you are a true leader, you foster an environment where ideas flow. Collaboration is key in a team environment, and that’s how it will be in the Recorder’s office under my leadership. One of us might have an idea, and that idea spurs an idea in someone else, and so on. Empowering employees so they feel like they have a voice, and then truly listening when they use that voice, is something I take very seriously.

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JULY 30, 2022

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July Dallas Co. GOP meeting

July 28, 2022 - Packed house at the DCGOP meeting tonight!

 

Reflection

July 27, 2022 - The person I am (past and present) directly reflects the person I will be as your Recorder (future).

I am a lifelong resident of Dallas County. A Dallas County hometown girl. My roots are here and this is where I will stay. Many of you know me. Some of you do not. If not, I hope you will either look over my past posts or let me know if you have any questions about me.

I am real. I am not a politician and I never will be. I vow to never change. It has never mattered to me what title or position anyone (or myself) holds, I have always treated everyone the same. I promise to continue that when elected.

My #1 reason for running is simple. I want to serve the wonderful people in this county that I love. It’s not about anything else for me. It’s about the people and this county.

On November 8, vote for Dallas County roots and a positive future for Dallas County. Vote for someone who best reflects the qualities of a person you want in office.

#renaeforrecorder

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Happy Birthday Dad!

July 26, 2022 - Wishing my Dad a very Happy Birthday today! Hope he has a wonderful day; I appreciate him and his support!!

 

Transparency

July 23, 2022 - Transparency in government is something that is VERY important to me. Transparency isn't just a task or obligation, it's an expectation the voters of Dallas County hold high.

I promise that as your next Dallas County Recorder, I will be transparent.

Let me give you one small example, outside of the numerous examples I could give from throughout my career. One thing I did right away when I announced my candidacy (in Feb 2021) was to file my Statement of Organization with the Ethics Board so I could start filing campaign reports. It wasn’t a question of whether I would bring in or spend $1000 that first reporting period. What was important to me was that I opened that transparency door from the very beginning. If I am asking for money for my campaign, it was automatic for me to sign up with the Ethics Board. It’s a small example, but when it comes to transparency and ethics, no act should be considered too small.

I vow to always be transparent, ethical, and keep the line of communication open. I have always believed that more information than necessary is better than not enough. I will stick to that belief as Recorder.

#renaeforrecorder

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988 number now live

July 16, 2022 - As an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention, I wanted to remind you that today the new 988 number is live. Please do not hesitate to use it.

You matter.

You are loved.

 
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July 12, 2022 - I wanted to share one of the really cool old books (housed by the Recorder’s office) shown today during the Board of Supervisors meeting. They will soon be deciding how to best preserve some of Dallas County’s oldest records, such as this one.

I would love to be a part of those decisions in the future as your Recorder.

Just a reminder that I have been attending the BOS meetings for months now. I show up, I pay attention to what’s going on in our county, and I will continue to do so when I am Recorder.

 
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Fundraising Pitch

July 10, 2022 - There are just 5 days left in this reporting period. If anyone is interested and able, I would appreciate any support for this campaign.

I have closed my WinRed account (online donation site). I found out they are a horrible company to do business with, and I won’t give them a penny more or subject my donors to them.

If you would like to donate, you can write a check or Venmo - just contact me for info.

I appreciate everyone who has given to the good of this campaign so far.

On to November!!!!!

 
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Happy 13th!

July 6, 2022 - I am officially mom to a teenager!!! Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter today!

I had her name picked out for a few years before we were blessed with her sweet spirit. Her first name is after my husband’s mom who passed away when he was 16; her middle name is after my grandma - and then she ended up being born on her birthday!

Happy Birthday sweet girl! Your mom loves you and is so proud of you. You have a sweet soul and it shines to everyone you meet.

 

Happy Independence Day!!

July 4, 2022 - Thank you Minburn, Perry, and Waukee!!

Three parades today, rain delays made for an interesting logistical mess. I just want to thank a local Dallas County business (they will know who they are if they see this) who let me jump in front of them at the Minburn parade. Because of them, I was able to make it in and out of Minburn and on to the next parade - just in time. I appreciate you and the fact that you were so nice about it. That’s the Dallas County I know and love.

Thank you to all of my awesome team members for showing up for me today. This is my favorite holiday, and everyone made it so much more special by taking the time to be there/support me today. As always, I appreciate all of you more than you know - and all of you who wanted to be there but couldn’t today!

Happy Birthday America!!!! I hope everyone had an amazing Independence Day.

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Happy Birthday!

July 2, 2022 - Happy Birthday shout out to my husband today!
He was just two days shy of being a Bicentennial baby.
He has always supported me in everything I do and I appreciate him. He’s a great dad to our girls, and a great guy all the way around.
Happy Birthday, I hope you have a great day celebrating YOU!!!

 

New Iowa ATV/UTV law

July 1, 2022 - If you are an ATV/UTV owner (like me), you'll want to familiarize yourself with the new law taking effect today, July 1.
Here are a few key points from the bill:
*In order to ride your ATV/UTV on county and state roads, it must be registered with the DNR through your county Recorder's office.
*Driver must be 18, have a valid driver's license, and carry proof of insurance.
*Max speed must be 35mph.
*Cannot drive on 4 lane divided highways or interstates.
*Cities have the right to regulate the operation of ATV/UTV's within their own city limits.
*Cities cannot charge a fee for ATV/UTV use.
*This state law supersedes any county ordinances currently in place.

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Redfield Parade

June 24, 2022 - Thank you Redfield!!!!!
What a great morning for the Redfield Old Settlers parade! A special thank you to everyone who took the time out of their day to be in the parade with me. I appreciate each and every one of you!!
Thank you for all of the kind comments along the route. When we get comments about such things as how many people we have in our group, it warms my heart.
I am energized and excited. I appreciate all of the support!!!

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Full Day in Dallas County!

June 23, 2022 - This photo from tonight (credit to Treasurer Mitch Hambleton) sums up the day; just resting my legs after a busy day.

It was another beautiful day in Dallas County today, and I was lucky enough to see some of you TWICE today!! Once this morning for a DCGOP breakfast and then again tonight for the DCGOP annual picnic. Both events were great and had so many in attendance. Thanks to everyone who helped put the events on today, and everyone who came out to one or both events!!! Today was a full day; mostly full of great people I am blessed to know.

Yard signs can help you out in a pinch at outdoor events if you don’t have a chair or blanket handy…

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Happy Father's Day

June 19, 2022 - Happy Father’s Day!!!

To my dad, my husband, my brothers, and all of the male role models in my life….thank you.

I remember when I was little, my dad wouldn’t get home from work until I was about to go to bed. He worked very hard for us. He is the one I have modeled my own career, work ethic, and independence after.

My dad and I just finished a major project together Friday. An 18 month home renovation project (actually more of a gut and rebuild job). It was a bucket list item for both of us, something we had wanted to do together for years. I can say it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life, but I wouldn’t trade the time with my dad, and all he taught me, for anything.

Thanks dad, for our crazy father/daughter adventures and for teaching me so much in life.

 
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Tin Pig, Perry IA

June 15, 2022 - So much fun talking with some of you last night at the Tin Pig in Perry! Thanks to everyone who attended, to the DCGOP for hosting, and to the wonderful owner of the Tin Pig for your hospitality! I loved hearing his family’s story, and seeing the before/after pics of what they have done to this very cool building.

 

June 14, 2022

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State GOP Convention

June 11, 2022 - Great to be at the 2022 Iowa Republican State Convention today with the other Dallas County delegates!!! Thank you all for being here today, and to those who congratulated me.

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"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign"....

June 8, 2022 - Signs are down (besides a couple of barn signs that may be staying up for a bit)!!! If I missed any, please let me know. If I didn’t see one in your yard still, I assumed you wanted to keep it for November. If you want me to pick it up, just let me know!

Thank you to everyone who allowed me to put up a sign at their place. Means so much to me that you were willing to display your support for me!

 
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THANK YOU

June 7, 2022 - Thank you Dallas County!!!!
For so many years, I have been on the other side of campaigns. Today, it was so surreal seeing my name on the ballot and waiting for my own election results to come in.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me, stood up for me, put a yard or barn sign up for me, donated to my campaign, and everyone who was there for me during this whole process.
I love this county, I love the people of this county. Thank you for choosing me to be your Republican nominee for Dallas County Recorder.
On to November!!!
P.S. I’ll be around to pick up those signs tomorrow!

 
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The day is here!!!

I voted!  I was #84 in our precinct.
Thank you to everyone who has called, emailed, texted, or messaged me in some way today to wish me well.  It has helped me get through the day awaiting election results tonight.

 
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Election Eve

June 6, 2022 - Here we are, on Election Eve.
In 24 hours, the polls will be closed and we will all be awaiting the results. I have been trying to think of anything more I can tell you about myself right now. I can’t. I feel like I have given you, the voter, as much information as you need about me in order to make your decision in this Primary election. I hope you feel the same and I hope you will cast your vote for me tomorrow, if you haven’t already.
I would be honored to have your vote, and honored to be your Republican nominee for Dallas County Recorder in the November election.
Thank you, once again, to everyone who has supported me on this journey. I also appreciate those of you who have already started reaching out to tell me good luck tomorrow.
My heart is full.

 

Last push!

June 4, 2022 - Last campaign push this weekend before the Primary on Tuesday!


Van Meter Raccoon River parade this morning and then a stop at the Sheriff’s car show on the courthouse square.


I am blessed. Blessed with the absolute best people in my life. I know there were more who wanted to be there today for the parade and couldn’t. I appreciate all of you. Thank you all for being there for me on this campaign journey. I could not do this without all of you; your encouraging words, hugs, and overall support.

Three days left…..

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Radio Interviews

June 2, 2022 - Here is the link to our radio interviews. County Recorder candidates start with me at ~28:31. 


Prior to Recorder, they start with House District 28 Democrat candidates, then Dallas County Treasurer candidates (Mitch Hambleton).

Thank you to Dustin and Raccoon Valley Radio for inviting us in and airing these.

Audio link

 

My brothers

June 1, 2022 - “This little sister is protected by two big brothers.”
Meet my big brothers.
Some of you may already know them. Or you may recognize my oldest brother on the right from the various Adel grocery stores over the last 36 years. Both of my brothers graduated from Adel in the 80’s, then me in the 90’s. No giving away our ages, but they are older and wiser. My brothers and I love our rural Dallas County roots. We each have so many memories of growing up here.
They are two of my best friends. I have always looked up to them and am proud to be their little sister. Thank you, my brothers, for always cheering me on, for teaching me so many things over the years, and most of all, for loving me unconditionally.
I am Experienced. Dedicated. Homegrown. I can’t wait to serve my home county as your next Dallas County Recorder.
***I had mentioned in a speech last week that candidate radio interviews would be released today, but that was changed to tomorrow, so I thought I would introduce you to more of my family today instead.***

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Leadership Characteristics

May 31, 2022 - The countdown to the Primary is really on now! One week to go!!!

I saw this list today on a leadership page I follow, and I felt like it really describes the type of leader the Recorder’s office needs. I also believe that I am that leader, and I hope you all agree.

As your next Dallas County Recorder, I will be focused on the work there is to be done, using these 11 points daily.

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Memorial Day

May 30, 2022 - Two excellent videos and I couldn’t choose which one to post so here are the links to both. The first one is an abbreviated version (real images) of the second (animated). I encourage all of us to take a few minutes today and watch either one or both. Show your kids and grandkids what today is all about.

I am forever grateful for those who gave their lives for all of us and the freedoms we enjoy. I will never forget.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f1PGLsgzOgA

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SBnyEupyNB8

 
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Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

May 29, 2022 - My parents were married 58 years ago today. 58 years, 4 kids, 9 grandkids, and 2 (almost 3) great-grandkids. My parents came to Iowa from Wyoming when my dad took a job here 56 years ago out of college - and they decided to make this their forever home. I’m so thankful for my parents and all they have done for me in my life. Not to mention how lucky my girls are to have them as grandparents (who let them get away with almost anything ).

My dad got my mom a corsage to wear to church today; four small roses, one for each of us kids.

Happy 58th Anniversary Mom and Dad!!! I love you!

 

DCGOP May Meeting

May 26, 2022 - Thank you to everyone who attended the DCGOP meeting tonight, and those who stayed after the meeting to listen to candidate speeches.

A special heartfelt thank you to everyone who said to me tonight, “I already voted for you”. I appreciate those words more than you’ll ever know.

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Hunt 'em up!

May 22, 2022 - I got my pheasant mount back today from my December hunt. I thought this one was mount-worthy…..my first melanistic pheasant.

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Adel Founders Day Celebration

May 21, 2022 - It was fun being on the square for the Adel 175th birthday panoramic photo today!  Happy Birthday to my hometown!

 

Primary Ballot

May 19, 2022 - Thank you to everyone who has voted so far in the Primary!!!
Here's a sample of what your ballot should look like for Dallas County Recorder. In some precincts my name is first, in some I am second. Regardless, please fill in that little oval next to ReNae Arnold!
If you have any questions about me before you cast your vote, please do not hesitate to reach out. This race is way too important. Please be an informed voter!

Thank you Dallas County!!!

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Early Voting Begins!!

May 18, 2022 - Today!!!! Voting for the June 7 Primary begins!!! Please help me take this campaign to November!
Vote ReNae Arnold for Dallas County Recorder!!!
Thank you so much for your support!

 
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Junior Achievement

May 17, 2022 - Preparing for my last lesson tomorrow of Junior Achievement in my daughter’s class. I missed a couple of years worth of teaching JA due to Covid protocols, but I have loved having it back this year and being able to teach it.

My daughter’s Certificate of Achievement has a special signature on it.

 

National Police Week

May 16, 2022 - “Remembering the fallen, honoring those who serve.”

If you know me already, you know how much respect I have for law enforcement. There really are no adequate words to express enough appreciation to those who serve, and those who have served.

Thank you, to you and your families, for so selflessly serving all of us.

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Career "references"

May 15, 2022 - In my career, I have worked with so many people over the years. People from all over the world, from all different backgrounds and nationalities. It is important to me that as you vote very soon for Recorder, that you know as much about me as possible. Besides me telling you things about myself, the best way for you to know is by hearing from others. I have asked a few people to give me “references” that may help you learn more about me. I appreciate those who were willing and anxious to tell the voters about me. I wouldn’t be here today without all of these people. They have all helped me grow, professionally and personally, and have helped me become who I am today.

ReNae is highly competent in multi-tasking, deadline management and troubleshooting with innovative solutions affecting her team. She leads by example, earning the respect of those working with her.

~J.R.

ReNae is simply amazing. She is a hard-worker, kind-hearted, reliable, intelligent, and always brightens a room when she enters.

~L.O.

I work with her at [company name removed out of respect to my employer] for so many years smartest woman. I sure learn so much from her.

~J.H.

ReNae is someone I could always count on for getting the job done right and whenever needed. She is a true professional in all she does.

~J.S.

ReNae is a wonderful, caring person in all aspects of her life, personal and professional. She wants the very best and strives for just that! ReNae is reliable and someone I was happy to always have on my team.

~A.H.

She has a loving and caring spirit as shown with her family and many friends through the years.

~B.A.

Genuine

~B.M.

I have been fortunate to work closely with ReNae for the past few years. She has a strong moral compass that guides her daily actions and decision making. She is reliable, consistent, honest, displays a high level of integrity, will speak up when tough conversations are needed and is committed to doing the right thing. ReNae usually has a bright smile to share, which goes along well with her positive, calm, 'can-do' approach to things. She is motivated, focused, and chooses to be an active participant in whatever task or challenge she or the team faces. Most importantly, she is a great example of a true team player who treats people like PEOPLE and shows with her words and actions that she truly cares about them. She listens to understand, she is thoughtful and considerate, and she remains open to different ideas and learning about perspectives that differ from hers. I couldn't ask for a better co-worker than ReNae!

~A.K.

 

May 14, 2022 - So thankful for this beautiful county and the wonderful people who live here!!!

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DCGOP Round Up

May 10, 2022 - Great night in Perry at the Hotel Pattee!!! Thank you to the DCGOP for hosting and to everyone who attended the Round Up.
I really liked the quote in the meeting room we were in, “When you drink from the well, remember the well-digger”. It made me think of all of the people who have helped me get to where I am today, and where I will hopefully be in the near future. I promise to never forget. I am so thankful.

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Happy Mother's Day!

May 8, 2022 - Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms and every woman who may have a motherly role in our lives!!

I’m so thankful for my mom and how she devoted her life to us kids. I have fond memories of her always being my “home room mom” in elementary and how some of the other kids would cling to her. Growing up, with me being the youngest sibling, my mom was basically my playmate. She then helped me navigate through those rough high school years, then college, and every up and down in life since then. She is my biggest cheerleader to this day. I appreciate her so much.

I never lived close enough to my grandmas to spend any time with them besides during the summers, so I am thankful for the time my girls have been able to spend with my mom.

Love you, mom.

Always and forever.

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One month to go and SIGNS!!!

May 7, 2022 - ONE MONTH UNTIL THE PRIMARY!!!!

Signs are in!!!! So excited to see these pop up all over Dallas County. If you would like one and haven’t already sent me a message, please let me know. Yard signs will only be up for a few weeks. I promise they will be taken down the day after the Primary and we won’t put them back out until close to the General election. So you will only have to mow around them a few times….

Thank you so much for your support and help in getting my name out there. I appreciate all of you!!

 

Mental Health Awareness Month

May 2, 2022 - May is National Mental Health Awareness month.

Almost 4 years ago, I lost someone I loved very much to mental illness. That experience changed me (and many others) in so many ways. I know he is looking down on me and cheering me on, and for him, I will always be an advocate for mental health. We often overlook the need to keep our mental health in check. Mental health is just as important as physical health, in fact, they are intertwined.

Please remember: It's ok to not be ok.

And just in case no one told you today:

You are amazing.

You are special.

You are needed.

You are loved.

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Dallas County Gun Show

May 1, 2022 - Great to be at the gun show at the Dallas County Fairgrounds this weekend!!! Nice to have this event right here in Adel. Now the question is, was I able to be there all weekend without buying anything?

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April 23, 2022 - Sorry I missed seeing some of you at District Convention today. When they put the date out I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it as today is my youngest daughter’s birthday. Birthdays are special and I love to celebrate them!

I will see you at State Convention on June 11, just a few days after the Primary!

Happy Birthday, baby girl. 

 

Poll workers needed!

April 21, 2022 - Dallas County poll worker opportunity!!! Great way to be involved in the political process!

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Boat registrations due this year!  April 30th deadline!

April 18, 2022 - Here I am with one of my very favorite people, dreaming of warmer days (although maybe not as windy!), and stopping by to remind you that boat registrations are due by April 30!

Call the very friendly Dallas County Recorder’s office staff at 515-993-5804 to set up an appointment time that is convenient for you! Appointments make better use of your very precious time (you are in and out quickly - no waiting in line!) and they also make the office run more efficiently (structure = productivity). Transactions requiring appointments are a very small fraction of what the Recorder’s office does. A majority of what the office does is online and time is needed each day to process those ever-increasing online transactions.

With the growth in Dallas County, running the Recorder’s office in the most efficient way is going to be key. As someone who has spent a lot of time working on process improvements in supply chain over the years, I am excited to evaluate this process in the office when I am Recorder (value stream map, anyone?!). I promise the taxpayers that we (the Recorder’s office) will keep the appointment process efficient and streamlined for all parties involved.

The Recorder’s office is, and always will be, easily accessible to you - the taxpayer of Dallas County. As I have said before, the Recorder’s office is already known for exceptional customer service, and it will continue under my leadership. They are a great team!

Now go make sure your boats are registered by April 30 and have a fun and safe boating season!

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Happy Easter

April 17, 2022 - No politics today, just a wish from me to you for a Happy Easter. I hope each of you has a wonderful and blessed day.

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Iowa Veterans Cemetery

April 15, 2022 - Today, my oldest daughter’s grade went to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery to help clean up the grounds. What a wonderful experience and I loved hearing my daughter talk about it. Thank you to her school for allowing the kids this opportunity.
We are blessed to have this hallowed ground in beautiful Dallas County. I remember being at the dedication back in July of 2008, and what an honor it was, and is, for Dallas County (thanks to the donors of the land who made it possible!).
I take the opportunity to drive my girls through the grounds once in a while, and the talks we have on those drives are priceless. It’s just one small way to teach them about our great country and those who have served and fought for our freedoms.

 

CANDIDATE FORUM

April 13, 2022 - I wanted to post this for anyone who wasn't able to make it last night to the forum. We submitted biographies and these are the points that the DCGOP took from my bio and had on the screen while I was speaking.

How can you help me win on June 7?
*Sign locations;
*Campaign contributions to help with materials (even being very fiscally conservative with what I am doing, everything is so expensive!);
*Spread the word on how important it is to vote in the June 7 Primary, either by absentee ballot or in person.

As I said at the end of my speech last night, my heart is in this race for all of the right reasons. I would not be willing to leave my career and everything I have built there if I was not serious about this race. New challenges and goals are a good thing. I am ready, willing, and able to serve the taxpayers of Dallas County.

If you have any questions about me, about my experience, or if you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you all so much for your support.  Thank you to the DCGOP for putting on this event.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE

April 3, 2022 - I have spent a lot of time on customer service in my career. For years, one of my responsibilities was receiving all of the incoming customer concerns for my focus area in supply chain.

This means a lot of time spent working with various teams for resolutions, doing root cause analysis, analyzing what is best for the customer, leading change of processes if necessary, and responding back to the customer with the solution.

The Recorder’s office is already known for excellent customer service. The employees are wonderful and they sincerely care about every person they serve. Under my leadership, that will continue and I will become part of their caring team. We will always promise that quality will not decrease as quantity increases year over year.

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FY23 County Budget Public Hearing

March 29, 2022 - Public hearing tonight for the FY23 county budget.

I promise you that as your Dallas County Recorder: I will show up and I will be involved.

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Want to vote by absentee ballot in the Primary? The Dallas County Auditor is now accepting absentee ballot request forms for the June 7 Primary!

You can get a form in one of three ways:

1. Download it here and mail it in or drop it by the Auditor’s office:

https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf

2. Stop by the Auditor’s office at 210 North 10th Street in Adel.

3. Call the Auditor’s office at 515-993-6914.

Absentee ballots will be mailed out beginning May 18.

 
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YARD SIGNS!!

Please submit this form if you would like a yard sign!

Please choose size:

Thank you! Signs will be put up in May and taken down June 8!!!

 

March DCGOP Meeting

March 24, 2022 - I like to be different sometimes and make things more interesting. Tonight at the DCGOP meeting, I switched it up and asked the crowd the following questions and had them shout the answers back to me:

• Which county was I born and raised in?
• Which college did I go to?
• How long have I worked in supply chain?
• Am I a fiscal conservative?
• How many kids do I have?
• Yes/no: Can you name at least 2 Dallas County elected officials who have endorsed me?

If you know the answers to any of these questions, I have done my job over the last 13 months since announcing my candidacy. I believe running for county office is a little bit different than a lot of other offices at the state or federal level. We won’t be writing or voting on laws, so our races are different. That’s why, I believe, you should get to know the person running on a more professional or even personal level. It’s really more like a job interview.

I hope you will consider attending the candidate forum on April 12. Please do your homework and make an informed vote on June 7.

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Happy Ag Week!!

March 21, 2022 - Thank you to all farmers and ag workers for all you do to “feed the world”!

My career has been in the ag industry. From harvest to shipping (export and domestic) and everything in between. Meeting people from all over the world - whether it be farmers, sales reps, agronomists, warehouse operators, seed conditioners, the list goes on and on