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|Knox County GOP Picks Hallam as Recorder Candidate
|The woman appointed as interim Knox County Recorder is running for the remainder of the term in office.
The Knox County Republican Party says a caucus within the last week picked Carol Hallam to run for the two-years remaining on the Recorder term that Paula Monzo vacated when she pleaded guilty earlier this month to a reduced charge of theft for stealing money from the Knox County Democratic Party.
Hallam tells WGIL she simply wants to continue serving the people in the office she's been in for 20 years.
"I'm looking forward to continuing serving the public, and I'm ready for the election," Hallam said.
Hallam tells WGIL she believes Monzo's arrest and conviction have affected the office in a way it's not used to.
"The office is out in the media, and it's usually just in the background of the government," Hallam said. "It's kind of bad when you see the Recorder's office on the front page of the newspaper."
The Recorder's office, however, wasn't actually reported on, except that Monzo was never accused of wrongdoing within that office.
GOP officials say there was one other person interested in running for Recorder, but backed off when Hallam decided she wanted to run.
The local Democrats still must caucus to pick someone who would be recommended to the Knox County Board to fill the term until December; that person presumably would also run against Hallam.
(Carol Hallam, candidate for Knox County Recorder, speaks in the WGIL Studios Friday about running. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
(Paula Monzo. File Photo)
|05 29 10 by Newsroom
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