PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Page Valley News will be publishing profiles of 10 local candidates in four contested county races in this fall’s elections beginning Aug. 14. These Q&As will be published around midday on Mondays and Thursdays and can be found on the “County” page.
Also in September, PVN will be broadcasting pre-recorded debates between the candidates in these four contested races through our new YouTube channel.
- Age: 56
- Education: Page County Technical Center, CNA, 2012; Page County High School Graduate, 1985.
- Work: Deputy Clerk, Page County Circuit Court, 2006 -2023; Receptionist, Northwestern Community Services, 2004-2006; Administrative Assistant, Page County Sheriff’s Department, 2002-2004; Administrative Assistant, Drug Enforcement Administration-Contractor, 1999-2001; Wire-tapping Associate, Nextel Communications, 1998-1999; Administrative Assistant, Drug Enforcement Administration-Contractor, 1994-1998; Member Service Representative, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, 1988-1993.
- Family: Daughters, Cheyenne, and husband Jake; Shania, and husband Allen; and four grandchildren, Adalynn, Luke, Gabriel, and Aubree.
- Community Service: Member of the Rebekah Lodge #93.
• Why are you running for public office?
After 17 years of working under two separate clerks, there were many issues that deeply concerned me. Being I had already given so many years to the office as a deputy clerk, I felt strongly compelled to run for this office so that I could potentially make those changes. My lengthy experience makes me very confident in my ability to bring forth the changes that are so desperately needed to allow the Clerk’s Office to operate more efficiently and effectively.
• What makes you the best candidate?
My experience speaks for itself and the quality of service that I have provided to this county. I have over 17 years working for the Circuit Court and no other candidate running, including our current clerk has that length of experience or anywhere close. During my years serving as a deputy clerk, I have gained an inside knowledge of the inner workings of the Circuit Court. In addition, I have established working relationships with other courts, county offices, local and non-local agencies that we interact with daily, as well as the citizens of Page County. If elected as clerk, there would be no interruption of service as I would immediately be able to fulfill that role without any in-depth training.
• What is the most pressing issue facing the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office?
The most pressing issue is that the Circuit Court is lacking strong leadership. The lack of strong leadership ultimately leads to a multitude of additional issues. The backlog of work is of most importance and needs to be corrected immediately. This is having a rippling effect on other offices including, but not limited to, the jail and the Sheriff’s budget. Having strong leadership sets a precedence and expectation for the deputy clerks to perform quality work in a timely manner.
• What is one thing that you would like to change or improve?
The first improvement that I would like to make would be implementing cross-training of all deputy clerks. Having every deputy clerk trained in all divisions would be beneficial as it would ensure that the productivity of the office would be at peak performance. This would create a steadier workflow without interruption when there is an employee absence or when additional assistance is needed to complete a task.
• Briefly describe a decision you have made in a leadership role and tell why you made that decision.
That’s an obvious and easy answer for me. I just risked everything, including my job, my seniority, my retirement, insurance, and my only source of income to run for the clerk’s position. When given an ultimatum to stay or to run for office, I knew I had to follow my heart. It was not an easy choice to make, but in life if you want to become a leader then you sometimes must make sacrifices to stand out and stand up for what you believe in. I care deeply about our community and this county that we call home, which is why I decided to take this leap of faith.
Early voting starts Sept. 22
For election information visit the Page County Voter Registrar.