County Election Deputy given state honor
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Marilyn Hunt was really surprised when she was recently named
Outstanding Election Deputy of the Year at an awards
ceremony held at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The award
is quite an honor as nominations were accepted from all 92 counties.
Hunt received the award from Brad King, who is the director of
the Indiana Election Division. Secretary of State, Todd Rokita,
was also at the awards ceremony.
Hunt attended the Clerks Association conference with County
Clerk Ginger Bradford. While Bradford had entered Hunts
name for the award, she didnt know who the recipient was
either until her name was called. I was so pleased,
noted Bradford, saying, she (Hunt) knows her job. She is
always willing to go above and beyond. She truly deserves the
award for her outstanding job performance.
Bradford said the job of Election Deputy is complex and Hunt has
it down pat. She doesnt have to look it
up - its in her head, she laughed. But, Hunt does
have a manual she refers to as the bible. She follows
Hunt has been performing Election Deputy duties in Ripley County
since 1990, having worked under three clerks, Bradford (twice),
Mary Ann McCoy and Gerald Laswell.
She says the toughest part of her job is making sure the ballots
are correct when they are sent to the printer. Being a perfectionist,
she checks them and checks them again. She double checks signatures
on ballots and does a lot of proofreading. She is responsible
for running the office at election time.
The most interesting part of her job is the old records, according
to Hunt. They go back to the 1800s and theres
so much history there, she told The Versailles Republican.
Hunt just enjoys working with the public. She said shes
always glad to help solve a problem and loves to see government
in action. I just enjoy people, she noted.
One of Hunts other accomplishments is that of raising a
family. She has four grown children: son, Tom Gray, and three
daughters: Traci Bauman, Terri Benning, and Toni Gray, and ten
grandchildren, who she says keep her busy.
The Versailles resident says she appreciated being honored and
while she wasnt quite sure why she was chosen, Bradford
was, Shes a dedicated employee who truly deserves
The Britts live in Versailles and own the Country Affair store,
across from Ernies Pizza. Their daughter Sue now runs the
store. Bert and Polly started the store to help pay for their
medicine, according to nephew Harry. They have three children:
Linda Alperin, a pediatric home health nurse in Canton, Ohio;
Dan, who owns an advertising company in Hamilton, Ohio; and Carolyn
Sue McNew, of Holton. The couple has eight grandchildren, six
great-grandchildren and one on the way, said Polly
I would like for everyone to know that no matter what the
obstacles are while youre married, it can be done,
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Marilyn Hunt holds her award, a beautiful desk clock
and pen holder, that she received at a state Clerk Association
event recently in Indianapolis. The statewide award names
her the Outstanding Election Deputy of the Year. She is
standing outside the door she has gone through for the past
18 years on the second floor of the Ripley County Courthouse.