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: 60
- Education: Judicial administration certification, Realtors license, bachelor’s degree in library science, master’s degree in history.
- Work: Employed 28 years at James Madison University Libraries.
- Family: Husband, Charles; daughter, Julia; son, Ben.
- Community Service: Mt. Carmel Christian Academy Annual Car Show, Heritage Association, Page County Farm Bureau, Election Officer.
• Why are you running for public office?
Documented deficiencies in performance by the auditor of public accounts, as well as comments on the street indicate that a change in leadership is needed in the clerk’s office.
Of all the individuals seeking the position my overall skill set, varied experiences, and work ethic position me to do the best job of serving the people of Page County and the court. In addition, anyone who is honest will admit that the remuneration package is attractive.
• What makes you the best candidate?
In addition to being detail oriented and organized, my work experience and educational background equip me to successfully serve as your Clerk. I have completed a court administration program through Michigan State University, and I have a VA Realtors license. My work experience includes record keeping, handling paper and electronic materials, data entry, preservation of print materials, staff supervision, administering oaths, working with land records, and with election ballots.
A recognition of the of suitability of my candidacy was with 212 votes cast I received 57 percent of the vote to upset the incumbent clerk for the Republican nomination.
• What is the most pressing issue facing the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office?
Record Management because it is vital for evidence, information, the rule of law, preservation of the county’s historic records, supporting other county offices like the Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue and Registrar, and for supporting the judges in the preparation of legal documents and case files. The court speaks through its orders.
Record management has not received the attention it requires as apparent in court orders falling through the cracks resulting in people being detained longer than necessary, infringing on individual rights, and costing the taxpayers more money. This is also evidenced by the fact that the circuit court has not received a clean audit in seven years.
• What is one thing that you would like to change or improve?
I would implement continuing education opportunities for myself and the staff. This would include cross training to ensure the staff and I can assist each other in successfully performing multiple tasks by the required deadlines. Training and education enables us to advance our skills and understanding which translates to increased productivity and quality service to the court and the community.
• Briefly describe a decision you have made in a leadership role and tell why you made that decision.
Academic libraries, including the JMU Libraries, face ever-increasing pressure to cut costs while maintaining the level of services and materials needed to support teaching and research.
To meet this objective large amounts of data had to be compiled, analyzed, and reported in understandable language for decision making. I decided on how to tackle a project and present the information. I used overlap analyses, usage data, and pivot tables that resulted in about $130,400 in savings to the Libraries. In the same year, working on a consortia library project together with a coworker garnered another $200,000 in savings.
Early voting starts Sept. 22
For election information visit the Page County Voter Registrar.