Results for the Orange County register of deeds primary elections will be announced May 17.
Mark Chilton, who currently serves in the role, will face opponent Penny Rich. Without a Republican challenger for the general election, the winner is set to hold the upcoming four-year term, which will begin in 2022.
The register of deeds is responsible for recording and gathering records of real estate and land parcels, as well as business and personal documents. The office handles a variety of records, such as mortgages, marriage licenses, property deeds and birth certificates.
Chilton said that, although it sounds like a boring bureaucratic job, it can also be exciting.
“I derive a lot of joy from helping people find the answers that they're looking for,” he said.
Rich said she thinks the two most important parts of the job will be customer service to make sure constituents get the help they need, as well as stewardship of deeds and documents for county businesses and residents.
“This job is really a focus on people,” she said. "It really is a focus on making sure that you are giving people the best customer service you possibly can."
Both candidates have considerable experience in local government.
Starting in 1991, Chilton served on the Chapel Hill Town Council as the youngest official elected to public office. He then served as Mayor of Carrboro from 2005 to 2013, and was later elected as register of deeds in 2014. He's been in the role ever since.