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Huntertown Clerk- Treasurer
Cathy Mittendorf
Age: 58
Political affiliation: Republican
Political experience: None
Occupation: Bus driver and substitute teacher at Northwest Allen County Schools
Janine Rudolph
Age: 67
Political affiliation: Republican
Political experience: None
Occupation: Senior paralegal at SIRVA; Huntertown deputy clerk-treasurer since June 2012

GOP hopefuls joust for post

Both served time as deputy clerk

R. Rudolph

Two GOP candidates will vie for the position of Huntertown clerk-treasurer – both of whom have deputy clerk experience.

Cathy Mittendorf is more than familiar with the clerk-treasurer’s seat she is seeking, having served 10 years as deputy clerk under past Clerk-Treasurer Robin Riley, she said.

She also filled in as deputy clerk for three months for current Clerk-Treasurer David Rudolph after he was elected in 2011 and then fell ill nine months into his term and was unable to work. Rudolph beat out incumbent Riley.

That experience, plus her 12 years working in the accounting department of a large real estate firm since leaving the clerk-treasurer office qualifies her for the position, she said.

“I really enjoyed working as deputy clerk,” Mittendorf said. “I especially enjoyed the everyday contact with residents.”

Mittendorf said she is confident she could handle the responsibilities of the job.

In addition to working full time as a senior paralegal at SIRVA in Fort Wayne, Janine Rudolph has been filling in for her husband – who is the elected clerk-treasurer – as deputy clerk since June 2012. She has not been paid for the position, although her husband has continued to collect the $55,700 annual paycheck, a source of contention among some council members.

Rudolph’s job as a paralegal for SIRVA entails working with different government agencies, the military, Canadian customs and regulatory authorities.

“I know how to get the job done with government entities at the federal, state and local levels,” she said.

Rudolph is retiring from SIRVA after 34 years of service on Dec. 31, and thinks the clerk-treasurer position would be a good fit, she said.

“If I have been able to do it while working a full-time job, I can certainly handle it if elected,” Rudolph said.

She’s learned a lot in the past two years, Rudolph said.

“I feel good and proud that I was able to learn the job,” she said.