Karen Hamre, of Mattawan, is announcing her candidacy for Van Buren County Register of Deeds. Hamre, a life long resident of Van Buren County is a former deputy clerk for the Van Buren County Register of Deeds, and has completed Register of Deeds training courses offered through the University of North Carolina School of Government.
In addition to her past employment in the office, Hamre has owned and operated her own business, and will be retiring from a teacher’s position at St. Mary’s School, Paw Paw, at the end of the current school year.
“I believe the position of Register of Deeds is a position of trust and integrity,” said Hamre. “It requires a candidate that is free from political or social pressures. Consequently, membership in civic organizations, clubs and chambers of commerce could create the appearance of a conflict of interest.
“In legal challenges over title to real estate or boundary line disputes, the Register of Deeds must be in a neutral and unbiased position to insure the integrity of the office. A register’s involvement in the community should therefore be limited to charitable causes and fundraising events.”
Hamre’s run for Register of Deeds continues a family interest in serving Van Buren County. She is married to Circuit Judge Paul Hamre and has four grown children and four grandchildren. Her son, Marcus, is a Van Buren County deputy, and her daughter, Molly, works for the Van Buren County Health Depart-ment and heads the Substance Abuse Task Force.
“My decision to seek this office is with mixed emotions. Although I am honored to run for this position, this opportunity was only presented because of the untimely passing of Carole Motyka. Carole Motyka was a family friend and colleague of my husband. If elected I pledge to uphold the standard of excellence set by Carole Motyka and her predecessor, Mark Smith. These former registers, together with the newly-appointed Register of Deeds, Jill Arnold, have made the reputation of the Van Buren County Register of Deeds what it is today,” Hamre stated.
“I would be honored to follow their history of leadership and accomplishment.”