2 contend for GOP nomination for district clerk
Feb. 13, 2018 at 9:51 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Two Lavaca County women who have years of working with the district courts are seeking the Republican Party nomination for district clerk.
Competing for the Republican nomination are Phyllis Bush, a former courtroom reporter; and Lori Wenske, a longtime legal assistant in Shiner.
Current district clerk Sherry Henke plans to retire and did not file for re-election.
The winner of the Republican primary will not have a Democratic Party challenger in the Nov. 6 general election.
Bush said she was approached about running for district clerk several years ago. Her interest in court and law stretches back to high school.
"I've done it all when it comes to court," Bush said.
In her time as a court reporter, Bush said she worked through typewriters to electronic systems, including electronic filing, or e-filing. She is familiar with how the courtroom functions, such as how the jury systems work. As a current county employee, she is also familiar with the budget process and the county offices.
Bush said that though she hasn't served as a district clerk before, she is familiar with the job duties. Her longtime background would help her as district clerk.
"I'm used to going to work early and being there until the jury leaves and I know how to handle exhibits," Bush said. "I feel like my knowledge is something I can use for this position."
Wenske said she was encouraged by family and friends to run for district clerk because of her background as a legal assistant. Wenske said she works with the district clerk's office on a daily basis through her job. She said current district clerk Sherry Henke has done a "great job" with the office, and Wenske would like to continue running the office smoothly.
Wenske said her background as a legal assistant and working with the district clerk's office would help her if nominated.
"I am familiar with the type of documents the office receives," Wenske said. "The experience I have is what is needed to serve as district clerk."
One of her goals would also be for the district clerk's office to have a Facebook page for notifying the public on social media. She said she is familiar with how the court system works and is familiar with e-filing documents. Wenske said she would like to implement e-filing for criminal documents as soon as possible as well.