After 20 years in office, San Luis Obispo County’s clerk recorder, Julie Rodewald, is retiring. Rodewald was elected in 1994 after running against eight other people. Since then, she ran unopposed.
In Rodewald's two decades as county clerk recorder, she says a lot has changed.
"We used to vote with what was called a punch-card system, where you place your ballot into a machine that would then punch out your votes," said Rodewald.
In the old days, as Rodewald puts it, during elections everyone would be waiting together for the results, unlike today, where all the information is online.
"All the ballots had to come into the government center and then go up in an elevator up to the mainframe computer, where they were counted and then the results would come back down, and it would be all the candidates and all the media," she said. Some nights Rodewald and her team pulled all-nighters.
The job has to do with a lot more than elections. "It's also recording deeds, birth certificates, marriage licenses," she said. Not to mention keeping all the official records of the county since 1850.
"I never thought I would run for an elected office, when the opportunity came up. I'm certainly glad that I did and I'm certainly glad that I won that first election because its just been just a fantastic experience for me,” she said.
Rodewald says she will not be retiring until the end of her term, in January 2015.
For those who want to run for the county clerk recorder position, the period to file for official candidacy runs from Feb.10 to March 12. The annual salary is more than $135,000.