What Is Equality In Service?

My Wednesday email to members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee.

Recorder Sharon Carpenter says she is committed to “providing equality in service for all St. Louis citizens.”

Her campaign website, however, does not provide any information on what she means by equality in service. There’s no description of her specific accomplishments over the past four years or her agenda for another term. My Action Plan is online.

I had never heard of the term “equality in service” before seeing her website. I have now had some time to think about it.

In the case of the Recorder of Deeds office, I believe “equality in service” means a number of things relating to accessibility.

Equality in service means treating everyone well, citizens and non-citizens alike and making the Recorder’s office immigrant-friendly.

Equality in service means accessibility and convenience for everyone, St. Louisans and people from afar alike, the mobile and mobility-challenged alike. The Recorder’s office should be as friendly to those conducting business or personal research from a computer at office or home as it is to walk-in customers.

Equality in service means online access to land and marriage indexes at no charge and opportunity to purchase copies online, the same services presently provided only to the Recorder’s paid subscriber businesses. If so many of Missouri’s First Class Counties can provide these services at no fee to customers, why not the St. Louis City Recorder?

Equality in service means issuing a marriage license to every gay and lesbian couple wanting one when a court rules in marriage equality’s favor or voters right the wrong of 2004’s Amendment 2.

Equality in service means a Personnel policy at the Recorder’s office that treats employees fairly and equally, including an employee evaluation program which rewards team work, professionalism, productivity, and improvement.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds


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