This election year, Orange County voters will be selecting a Register of Deeds from three potential candidates: Deborah Brooks, the current Register of Deeds, Mark Chilton, former Mayor of Carrboro, and Sara Stephens, former Deputy Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds is the custodian of many of the county’s public records including those relating to births, deaths, military discharges, marriage and property transfers.
In lieu of holding a candidate forum for the Register of Deeds race this cycle, we sent each candidate seven questions and asked them to respond to each in 200 words or less. The answers we received from them appear below. They have not been edited in any way.
Question One: Why is this an elected office?