By Angie Baldelomar
Brandi Diederich says she is running for county clerk as a way to “give back” to the community what it has given to her, she said.
“In college, they’ve helped me with scholarships and loans,” she said.
The daughter of Steve and Marilyn Diederich, Miss Diederich graduated from the University of Nebraska in Omaha with a business administration degree in 2013.
She said she wants to raise her family here so that her kids would grow with the traditions she grew up with. Next year, she will be coaching the junior high volleyball team.
Although she does not have experience in the courthouse, she said, she is confident her previous job experience has prepared her for the duties she would have as a county clerk.
She works in a start-up company, Nobl, a healthcare information-technology company, as a director of business development and office manager. She said she is responsible for payroll and accounting budgets, among other tasks. She also works in patient accounting for Cambridge Tri Valley Health System in Nebraska.
To learn more about the clerk’s job position, Ms. Diederich said, she plans to shadow county clerks in the area to get more insight into how they work.
She said she wants the office to have a bigger face in the community, maintaining a welcoming atmosphere to everyone who comes to the courthouse, especially students.
“I want students and others to know what business activities are associated with the clerk’s office roles,” she said, “as well as making an impact on students and letting them know the steps it takes to register to vote.”
She said it’ll be important to keep up to date with changes in the job.
“I want to help Oberlin and the county grow,” she said, “while still keeping our traditions alive.”
This story was published on page 3A (County Primary) on The Oberlin Herald‘s print edition on July 13, 2016.