Judy Gibson for register of deeds

The Register of Deeds is an office that few of us really think about, but it does some important things. It is the official repository for county records. In Mecklenburg, those records date back to 1763. They include land, power of attorney, marriage, birth, death, military discharge and other legal documents. By law, those records must be preserved in perpetuity.

Current Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Judy Gibson has held the job since 1992. Gibson, a Republican, is well-respected and praised for doing the job well. She received the Eunice Ayers Distinguished Service Award in 2000 from members of the North Carolina Association of Register of Deeds and is a member of the board of directors for the Property Records Industry Association.

Additionally, Gibson is one of 13 members appointed to the North Carolina Electronic Recording Council charged, by N.C. law, to formulate and recommend electronic recording standards for the state.

She's a groundbreaker. In 2003, she was the first register of deeds in North Carolina to accept documents electronically for recording. She's also been a program speaker for the North Carolina Bar Continuing Legal Education program in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Lawyers and paralegals say she has done a good job of running the office, working to ensure the records are accurate, seeking ways to keep the records safe from theft and fraud, and improving technology.

Democratic challenger David Granberry, a real estate paralegal since 1989, is viewed as smart and technically savvy. We have no reason to believe he couldn't do the job.

But, by many accounts, Judy Gibson is already doing a good job. There's no reason to oust her. We recommend Judy Gibson.