County’s General Registrar retires
Published 4:46 pm Thursday, August 27, 2020
Nan Lambert, Charlotte County’s longest-serving general registrar and director of elections for 33 years, will retire Monday, Aug. 31. After spending many long hours working to cover both county and national elections over the years, she is ready to spend time with her family and enjoy some “me time.”
“I’ll miss the interaction with the voters and the camaraderie with fellow registrars the most,” Lambert said.
According to Lambert, the Charlotte County Electoral Board has appointed her Assistant, Eric Goode, as interim registrar until July 1, 2021.
“This was a wise decision considering the upcoming November election as well as a June 2021 primary,” Lambert said.
Lambert said it is her understanding that the board of elections plans to advertise the position prior to July before making a four-year appointment.
Lambert was born in New York to Walter and Marie Battle White, but was raised by her paternal grandparents, Anthony and Etta White, about a quarter of a mile from her current office, she said.
“My childhood was typical for that era. We didn’t have all this technology. We played outdoors with the neighborhood kids (there were about 20 of us) all day after doing chores.”
Lambert’s values she learned as a child have more than carried her through life. She says while she has served as general registrar/director of elections for Charlotte County under nine governors, she did not play politics.
Over the years Lambert has seen a variety of changes in election days from paper ballots to new election voting equipment that all had to be learned in order for a smooth-running election day.
Lambert is married to her husband of 51 years Luther. They have three children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In addition to spending more time with her family, she hopes to continue her side business her and a friend have started.
Her love for cooking led her and a friend into the business of preparing home-cooked meals for church homecomings, repasts, family reunions, weddings, birthdays, etc.
In addition to cooking meals, you can find Lambert also singing in the Morrison Grove Baptist Church Choir, serving as the church’s financial secretary being a part of the church’s kitchen committee, all the while preparing church bulletins and funeral programs.