Saturday, October 23, 2004

Experience, GOP dominance at issue in county clerk race

By Cindi Andrews
Enquirer staff writer

Martha Good
Party: Democratic
Hometown: Mount Lookout
Age: 55
Occupation: Worker in visitor services at Freedom Center
Experience: Attorney; former assistant law professor at the University of Dayton; 6th Circuit Court of Appeals mediator for six years
Education: Law degree from the University of Cincinnati
Quote: "The big issue is the Republican Party's abuse of their opportunities for public service."

Greg Hartmann
Party: Republican
Hometown: Mount Lookout
Age: 37
Occupation: County clerk of courts since January 2003
Experience: Former assistant county prosecutor; former attorney with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
Education: Law degree from Pepperdine University
Quote: "I'm the candidate in the race with the experience in the court system and with managing an operation this large."

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Lawyer Martha Good isn't just taking on the Hamilton County clerk of courts in her first run for public office - she's taking on the whole Republican Party. "They're entrenched," Good said. "People need to wake up and realize the Republican Party may not be acting in their best interests."

Good, a Democrat, is running against Clerk Greg Hartmann, whom the GOP appointed to the post in early 2003. Hartmann is a rising star in the party, having served as party executive director and assistant prosecutor.

"He was Mike Allen's protege," Good said. "I would never suggest for a minute that he shares the moral values exhibited by Allen, but he's a symptom of the system."

Hartmann says he has the experience to be county clerk, a job that involves storing and tracking county court documents.

"I know how the system works," he said. "As far as I can tell, my opponent hasn't had a case in the Hamilton County court system the past eight years."

Both candidates agree on one point. The clerk's office must find a way to protect sensitive documents currently accessible to anyone with Internet access.


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