Douglas County Register of Deeds Diane Battiato announced Thursday that she's running to lead a new county office that will combine the Register of Deeds and County Assessor's Offices.
Last year Douglas County voters approved merging the two offices.
At the time, Battiato criticized the proposal. But “there was never a doubt in my mind that I'd seek to continue my service to this great community,” she said in a press release announcing her candidacy. The election will be held in fall 2014.
Earlier this year, Battiato received the state assessor's certificate she needed to qualify for the office.
She cited her 27 years of experience in real estate as a qualification for the job, saying she would campaign to fix “the assessment problems that are plaguing our property taxpayers.”
Douglas County Assessor Roger Morrissey is running for the job, too, and touted his many years in the appraisal world. He has already begun raising money.
“Voters will have a choice,” he said. “I'm the only professional appraiser in the race so far, and I've got 30 years of appraisal experience."