Kathryn Wilson announces candidacy for District Clerk
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Dec 12, 2013 | 1512 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KATHRYN WILSON
KATHRYN WILSON
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Kathryn Wilson has announced her candidacy for Upshur County District Clerk in the March 4 Republican primary.

Mrs. Wilson, 35, is project manager for K&D Woodwork in Big Sandy. As of early Monday afternoon, she and Deputy District Clerk Karen Bunn were the only candidates in the GOP race to succeed retiring District Clerk Carolyn Parrott.

“Spending countless hours in a courtroom setting while employed by the Smith County Sheriff’s Dept. as a sheriff’s deputy has given me extensive knowledge of the judicial system process, including procedure for filing and recording necessary documentation in District Court,” Mrs. Wilson said in a news release. “Public relations were an essential part of my job, and also while serving as an emergency 911 operator with the Gilmer Police Dept.

“In addition to my experience, if elected, I offer a strong commitment to run an efficient, effective District Clerk’s office without bias or prejudice, dedicated to serving the people of Upshur County and being a good steward of taxpayer dollars.”

She also said she hoped “to bring a new perspective and a breath of fresh air to the office. I would want to have regular, consistent office hours to provide an open sign on the door and a friendly face to greet people coming in who are working on a specific time schedule. As District Clerk I would hope to be a good steward. . .of their time.”

Mrs. Wilson further said that “I believe my experience in the criminal justice system, my heart for public service, strong work ethic, willing spirit and Chrsitian-conservative values will help me in the office.” She said her goal is “an office with a pleasant atmosphere” and “staff that are approachable with an attitude of service.

“I also would love to change the direction of the office by bringing it into the 21st century as far as computer technology, all the while staying in the office’s yearly budget,” Mrs. Wilson continued. “Having the technology to allow someone to check the status of a document or pay a fee online will provide those who utilize the office a fast, effective way to take care of their business needs. This would be something that by the end of my term would be in full working order and will continue to meet Upshur County’s needs for years to come.

“By having these updates, I believe it would be a welcoming change and provide for a far more efficient office for the people I would serve,” she said.

Mrs. Wilson attended Gladewater ISD, majored in criminal justice at Kilgore College, and said she received a state peace officer’s license upon completing the East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore in 2001.

She and her husband Jarrod have three sons who attend Union Grove ISD.
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