Where the Tippecanoe County Clerk candidates differ

What makes a good county clerk is debatable between the two candidates running this fall.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2018 11:24 PM
Updated: Oct. 10, 2018 5:15 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - When it comes to the issues, Republican Julie Roush and Democrat Vicky Woeste disagree on a few main points.

Most notably, they feel there are different qualifications for the job.

"I've been a law professor for almost 30 years," said Woeste. "I've been studying law and legal history since I was a teenager."

"She's saying that she's more qualified because she has legal background, but I have a business background," said Roush. "It is a business and a lot of her issues are about voting. Voting is only ten percent of that job the rest of it is all administrative, it's management, it's working with employees."

Woeste said when it comes to voter participation, she has a totally different approach. 

"It's not their [voters'] full time job. It's our full time job," said Woeste. "And our job is to bring the polls to the people instead of making people come to the polls."

Roush thinks Woeste is focused on non-clerk issues.

"She's more about policy," explained Roush. "This is a job where you work hard. You do. You manage people. You administer. You are bringing in money."

Woeste supports voting by mail but Roush is skeptical.

"The states that have already adopted voting by mail have figured out how to expand the franchise, literally using the mail in a way that does not invite voter fraud," explained Woeste. 

Woeste is also in favor of voter receipts but Roush disagrees with that idea too.

"Connie Lawson herself told me, you never want to give a voter their receipt because they can use that receipt that proves how they voted which means you can bribe them or you can coerce them," said Roush. 

Ultimately, they both feel they're the better candidate for the role and explained why. 

"I'm a manager," said Roush. "A clerk should not be a legal physician and a Clerk should never give out legal advice."

"I could stand up and give a lecture on the court system right now without notes, so, that to me is the kind of expertise that really should be valued by the voters, I hope they will," said Woeste. 

If you would like to view the hour-long debate, you can do so on Facebook. 

If you would like to learn more about these candidates, click here. 

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