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Former town clerk is only auditor candidate

By Elisabeth Dodd, Staff Writer

Cheryl Begley, 63 is the Democratic nominee for Union County Auditor.

She is running unopposed as the Republican Party did not secure a nominee.

Begley has plenty of experience as she worked as a deputy auditor and as the clerk treasurer for Liberty for 20 years.

“The county needs to have an auditor and no one had filed for it. I'd had nine years of experience as a deputy auditor, and I'd been the clerk treasurer for 20 years. I felt like I needed to step up and do what I'd done before on a larger scale,” said Begley on her decision to run.

County auditor is no easy job as it requires a background in government, which might explain the difficulty in finding a nominee. However, Begley is up to the task.

“I'm excited for the opportunity,” Begley said. “The two deputies who are there now will stay with me, which will be a big help.”

This comes to the delight of many who asked Begley to step up for the job.

“It's overwhelming how many people asked me to please consider it, and I originally said no to them,” said Begley.

At the last minute, Begley said she ran because of consideration for her county.

Current auditor Gene Sanford has held that position for 10 years. He was appointed to the position for two years and then was elected to two terms. In Indiana, an auditor is limited to being elected for two terms in a 12-year period.