2 Edna natives compete for county clerk nomination
Feb. 2, 2018 at 9:42 p.m.
Updated Feb. 3, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Two Republican Party candidates will face off in March for the Jackson County Clerk nomination.
Seeking her third term is incumbent Barbara Earl, 41, of Edna, who was elected in 2011. Challenging Earl is Kate Respondek McCarrell, 35, of Edna, a preschool director.
The winner of the Republican primary will not have a Democratic Party challenger in the Nov. 6 general election.
KATE RESPONDEK MCCARRELL
McCarrell wants to apply her experience in clerical work and office management she obtained while working as a petroleum lineman to the county clerk position.
"I'm a hometown Jackson County girl," she said. "I love our county and want to be a great part of that while doing something I enjoy."
McCarrell said she respects the way the office is currently run, and if elected, she would continue to run a professional and orderly office.
She will continue to follow through with the office's processes, and if there are any changes or new things to be learned, she plans to implement them whether they are county or state requirements.
"I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility for the taxpayers of Jackson County," she said. "I want to work hand in hand with other county offices to make everything run efficiently."
Earl plans to continue the project of digitizing old records to make the office run more smoothly. A task she started about three years ago.
"Before, we only had documents from 1993 in our software," she said. "Everything else needed to be looked up through the books."
She said the system has sped up the time it takes the office to return documents to the public. When Earl first started in 2011, mail-in and over-the-counter documents took about two weeks to get back to people.
Now, over-the-counter documents are returned the same day, and mail-ins are received in a couple of days.
Digitizing the documents allows the office to have backup documents, prevents wear and tear on pages and makes it simpler for the public to do their own searches.
"I love what I do," Earl said. "I love taking care of records for Jackson County."