Decision 2023-Clerk of the Circuit Court ~ Q&A with Stephanie Breeden

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Stephanie Breeden

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Stephanie Breeden

  • Age: (not provided)
  • Education: Associate Degree, Laurel Ridge Community College, 1999; Luray High School, 1996.
  • Work: Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, 2014-present; Local Department of Social Services, 2007-2014; Division of Child Support Enforcement, 2005-2007.
  • Family: Husband, Chad; two sons, Chad Eric Jr. and Corey (significant other Maeghan); granddaughter, Chelsi.
  • Community Service: Page County 4-H, Leader; Page Valley Fair, President; Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, Vice President.

Why are you running for public office?

I am a part of the day-to-day operations and have knowledge of the work in the clerk’s office. I see the lack of leadership, and the need for an organized and professional environment. I believe I have the ability to become part of the solution.

What makes you the best candidate?

I am able to physically handle cases, I understand the process, I have knowledge of the work flow, and I have experience with the county and [state] Compensation board budgets.

What is the most pressing issue facing the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office?

The increase in workload. In order to keep up [with] the demand and to provide the citizens with the level of service and attention to detail they deserve, I feel the clerk’s office should be managed by a clerk with strong leadership skills and high level of professionalism.

What is one thing that you would like to change or improve?

To start with, I would like to change the way the criminal docket is processed. I plan to seek approval from the County Administrator/Board of Supervisors to use the money the county pays the current clerk (above what the Compensation Board pays) to hire a part-time employee to help process paperwork on criminal days. It is important for staff to be cross-trained in order to handle the demands of the office.

• Briefly describe a decision you have made in a leadership role and tell why you made that decision.

I make decisions in my work and the organizations I serve, on a daily basis. Each year we have to choose entertainment that is both appropriate and fiscally reasonable for our fair. This year I chose to take a leap of faith, so to speak, and sign a Christian artist. While some board members were skeptical, I felt a faith-based artist like Anne Wilson was a good fit for our community and was a financially suitable choice. The event was a success for the fair and our community partners.

Early voting starts Sept. 22

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For election information visit the Page County Voter Registrar.

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