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County’s chief deputy clerk resigns

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Bartholomew County Chief Deputy Clerk Karen Aud has resigned a month after losing her political bid to succeed her boss.

Aud’s last day was June 6. She had given two weeks’ notice.

Earlier this year, Aud sought the GOP nomination to succeed incumbent Bartholomew County Clerk Tami Hines, who was prevented from seeking a third term because of term limits.

But the 57-year-old Aud was challenged and defeated by fellow Republican and co-worker Jay Phelps, 24, who has served as Voter Registration and Elections Office supervisor for the past three years.

During the May 6 primary, Phelps received 4,631 votes, just shy of 55 percent, compared with 3,797 votes for Aud.

After reviewing her family’s financial situation, Aud said, she decided after the election to take the summer off work.

She intends to look for a new position in bookkeeping and finance this fall.

She described the combination of performing her job and campaigning for public office as “exhausting.”

“I said all along I wasn’t a politician, and unfortunately, it did not work out for me,” Aud said Monday. “I loved what I did in the clerk’s office and thought I was very good at it. But I did feel the time had come for me to leave.”

Aud began working for the county 11 years ago in community corrections. She was hired as chief deputy clerk by Hines in 2008.

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