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Fayette County Clerk, Republican

Age: 35

Occupation: Fayette County Circuit Court deputy clerk

Highest education level completed: Criminal justice degree from Ivy Tech; attended IU East.

Current or past offices held: none

Civic boards served on: Fayette County School Corp. Head Start Policy Council

Memberships: PTC Ministries, Fayette County Republican Women’s Club secretary

What do you see as the top 3 issues facing Fayette County, in priority order? Finances and budgeting, drugs, jail overcrowding

What are the top three responsibilities of the office for which you are a candidate? Maintaining all court records / marriage license / etc.; collection of all fees including child support, judgments, court costs, restitution, filing fees, etc.; assist all patrons entering the county clerk’s office.

How have your life experiences prepared you for the office you are seeking? As a current employee, I will be able to start working at the clerk’s office as soon as sworn in; have knowledge of all processes in the clerk’s and court offices; excellent working relationship for all offices. My husband runs his own business, giving me understanding of budgeting. As clerk, I will continue building on the existing foundation and move the clerk’s office forward while maintaining excellent customer service.

If you win the election, how will you try to have an effect on your number one issue? Adding the option of credit cards as an accepted payment in our clerk’s office will allow the county and other parties who are waiting on money to collect their fees quicker. We have two different credit cards options that are currently utilized in the courthouse at no cost to the county. These options allow patrons to slide their credit card for a small fee which is charged to them. 

Many times, our courts order defendants to pay back a public defender fee, drug interdiction fee, etc. By allowing credit card use, the county will no longer be waiting on defendants to pay back this money because many times in court they wish to pay right away but due to the fact we do not accept credit cards we miss out on money.

Secondly, I am a firm believer in internships (I was an intern when I started at the courthouse). By bringing in interns we are training high school students for the work field without payment for a grade. This prepares them for the future and gives them workplace experience and in return, we get free labor, which would be great for helping digitize the records we maintain. Interns come at no cost to the county and digitizing comes from the clerk’s perpetual record fund, set aside specifically for record preservation. This would be a win for everyone.