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February 20, 2014

Packed house listens, asks questions to local GOP candidates

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Unlike her opponents, Green leaned heavily on her experience. Although she is vying for her second term, Green has almost seven years of total experience in the office. Like her fellow incumbents, Green stressed how much progress her office has seen in the past three years and how many obstacles they have overcome. Under Green’s leadership, the clerk’s office is now scanning all records, improving their archives and going “greener” than ever before by transitioning into a primarily digital office.

All three candidates spoke of the importance of continuing education requirements that allows the County Clerk to stay abreast of ever-changing laws. They also answered a question about motivating employees, similar to the District Clerk candidates.

Questions were posed about filing fees and e-filing. Green said that county employees can file public records for free as well as certain state positions. She added that there is now a public access computer in her office for people to access e-filed civil cases and criminal appeals.

Wright answered both questions opposite to her incumbent opponent, saying that everyone could not utilize e-filing and that no one should be exempt from filing fees.

Murray admitted she did not know the answer to either question about filing fees, but said she believes it is good that county employees don’t have to pay fees and that e-filing is an asset to the county.

Perhaps the most pertinent question posed to these candidates was “What makes you qualified for this job?”

Wright said that her 13 years of banking experience has allowed her to work closely with the County Clerk’s office and become familiar with filings. She said she has received extensive training in customer service and knows “how to treat people with dignity, honor and respect.” She concluded saying that every job needs on the job training and she is willing to learn and learn quickly.

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