Debra Rahn 
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Re: “Courting Votes

I am writing in reponse to your recent slanted article regarding the upcoming election for Pima County's Clerk of the Superior Court.

Ms. Noland has stated since 1998 that the index of criminal files should be available online yet after eleven years in office, this has yet to be implemented. Nor does she state how and when she plans to have this feature available. Why is the public able to access criminal records online for all other counties, BUT NOT PIMA? AND exactly where is her thinking to say that DiFrank would have access to records that could potentially benefit her business when the the records are open to the public anyway? This is political desperation on Noland’s part.

Patti demonstrates contempt for the public throwing us a bone—yes there are exactly (only) four computers available on the second floor of the Pima County Courthouse for the public and the legal community to do research on their cases and concerns. Have you ever waited through 4-5 elevators to get up there and another 30 minutes for an empty terminal to finally get access to records that other counties provide you online at home, if you have a computer.

Ms. Noland states that she wants to run this term "to be there to help get us through this hard economic time" but what are her plans for the budget?

My research has indicated that after eleven years of service , we are still left without enough qualified personnel in the court rooms but have an administrative staff that have over the same time period received raises ranging from 13% to 196% during her term. Cost of living raises available to other county employees during this same time totaled approximately 12%. The legislature by statute raised the salary for the Clerk 19% over the same time.

Your reporter, Mari Herreras, labels Ms. DiFrank as a "crank" candidate, however, in the 2006 election the margin was about 10,000 votes-Noland 's votes vs. DiFrank's of the total voting public in PIMA COUNTY. This is hardly a crank opponent.

Ms Noland sounds like a typical politician comfortable with the way things are. After eleven years, isn't it time for a change?

Debbie Rahn

Posted by Debra Rahn on 09/28/2010 at 11:37 PM

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