Two political newcomers are battling to become the next Lake County recorder.
Several political observers contend Mike Brown, 29, of Merrillville, won the May primary mostly because he has the same name as the Lake County Clerk Michael A. Brown, who is a veteran politician and first black person to hold the job as clerk.
Political newcomer Brown is running against real estate agent Pamela Drangmeister, of Crown Point.
Brown said he should be elected because he is educated and would modernize the office. Brown said he earned a degree in organizational management from Calumet College of St. Joseph and contends he will increase efficiency through technology, enabling people to use smartphones and other devices to provide service.
Drangmeister, a 27-year veteran of the real estate industry, said she has an excellent business background.
"Part of the reason I'm running is because when I've worked with buyer clients, they tell me it takes up to three months to get a deed back after they buy property," she said. "That's too long in this day and age. I'm also tired of seeing the local politicians jump from office to office. They do two terms in one office, then see what's open and run for that position."
Drangmeister said she also brings a strong work ethic to the office and holds taxpayers' trust.