Moschcau challenges McCall's long reign

Editor's Note: The Kingman Daily Miner will print a series of stories on opposed candidates for county and statewide office prior to the Sept.

12 primary.

Today, the Miner is featuring stories on two Republicans who are running for county recorder: incumbent Joan McCall of Kingman and challenger Nancy Moschcau of Lake Havasu City.

The top vote-getter will automatically be elected recorder because no Democrats filed to run for the position.

The recorder, who earns $47,500 a year, is responsible for running an office that oversees the recording of property and other documents, maps and plats; voter registration and early voting.

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Nancy Moschcau of Lake Havasu City believes voters are long overdue for a change in leadership at the recorder's office, which Joan McCall has headed since 1972.

"She has not been challenged in many, many years (since 1976), and I think the recorder's office has not held effective and productive management in a long time," said Moschcau, a candidate for recorder.

The main duties of the county recorder are to record all real estate transactions, deeds, maps and other legal documents, Moschcau said.

"And, of course, the preservation of those documents is important for future copies and certifications, and the recorder's office holds the statutory requirement for the state for voter registration," Moschcau said.

Moschcau, a 60-year-old escrow officer at a title company in Lake Havasu City, said the voters should elect her because she believes she can bring "high management and leadership skills" to the recorder's office.

"I intend to instigate a knock-your-socks-off customer service program," she said.

"When a customer comes into the office, we will not only help them with their needs, their needs will be exceeded.

We will go beyond the call of duty."

Customers will receive no excuses and get "straightforward answers," Moschcau said.

Moschcau said she also plans to clean up voter registration rolls if elected.

She said the voter registration division received 15,000 returned cards because of bad addresses after conducting a mass mailing on March 1.

"We desperately need to put in place programs to educate the public on what to do when a voter moves within the county or out of state, or when a voter passes away," she said.

"I have several ideas already sketched out that I will work to put in place.

I'm not saying those (ideas) yet.

Come September, if I win the election, I will start working on those plans."

Moschcau said knowledge of computers, record-keeping and the like are important to the job of recorder, adding she has 43 years of experience in banking.

"Of course, the record-keeping goes hand in hand with the banking duties," she said.

"I was on the ground floor when computers were introduced, and I see a need to constantly upgrade to keep up with the technology pace."

The recorder needs to put programs in place to keep up with the rapid population growth in Mohave County, Moschcau said.

It is the fastest growing of all 15 counties in the state.

Otherwise, the county recorder's office will lag further behind, she said.

"I will bring enthusiasm, creativity and innovation to the recorder's office," Moschcau said.