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This letter is to acknowledge and stand behind the Putnam County Elections Director Karen Lammers and her staff.

Thank you for your integrity and honesty.

As for the non-renewal of Shelly Burkhart, all I can say is I am so sorry. You have been a beacon to all of us election workers since you were hired. You always had the answer to our questions or you immediately found out what they were just as Ms. Tooman did,when she was in your position. You and Karen cleaned up an elections office that was in almost total disarray and made sure that we all knew our jobs by doing your job so well.

If I had a job to offer you, I would do it immediately. I don’t think I know the new assistant, Ms. Hermiller, but can only hope she is half the diligent worker that you were and does not fall prey to only helping find fault with the new procedures that have been instituted or with those who are left working there.

As a lifelong Republican, I have not always agreed with the platforms presented by my party but right now I am totally embarrassed and ashamed of what they have done; how childish and petty. I have had contact with John Husted’s office trying to stop this but to no avail. I ask all election judges to stand by Karen and her dedicated staff; she will need you.

Good luck, Shelly, and if I can be of any help to you, please call.

Beverly Carr, Ottawa

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