Wood County Clerk Race: Meet the Candidates

Wood County Clerk Race: Meet the Candidates

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) — The Wooden County Clerk’s race is up for grabs. Mark Rhodes retires, giving strategy to Republican Joe Gonzales or Democrat JR Carpenter.

WTAP spoke to each candidates about what they might carry to the desk.

The county clerk has many obligations, however many individuals do not know what they really do.

That is one thing Gonzales encountered throughout the election marketing campaign.

“…, whereas I used to be campaigning, I bumped into this. I’ve so many individuals asking me every day, what does a county clerk do? ” he stated.

Briefly, they manage elections and handle paperwork reminiscent of deeds, delivery certificates, dying certificates, and so forth.

Carpenter stated in addition they facilitate tax cash from the sheriff’s workplace and county commissioners.

“We’re the checks and balances of the taxes that come into the county. None of those organizations has the authority to situation cheques. They’ve to come back to the county clerk’s workplace,” he defined.

Carpenter added that in addition they administer civil service exams and bodily exams for legislation enforcement.

If Gonzales wins the job, he stated he desires to verify the general public is knowledgeable in regards to the election course of.

“…, I feel our elections are very protected and, you realize, we have to concentrate on that and make the general public really feel comfy and, you realize, even when that leads them to have a look at our election machines and the way they work to point out them that, you realize, they’re protected…” he stated.

Gonzales hopes such measures will improve public confidence within the election.

Carpenter additionally assured that the elections in Wooden County are protected and safe, including that if he wanted to transmit voting knowledge to Charleston himself with a view to make folks extra assured within the integrity of the elections, he would.

If Carpenter wins, he stated he would concentrate on getting extra data on-line for folks working in the true property business.

It could additionally make workplace companies extra environment friendly.

“I need folks to not dread coming to the clerk’s workplace like they do to different authorities businesses,” he stated.

Carpenter stated he would additionally work on voter training, giving the general public simpler entry to registration.

“We even have many who aren’t registered and who could not have time to come back, so I plan to speculate extra time to go to features all through the county and arrange cubicles for facilitate and make signing extra accessible. to vote and reply any questions in regards to the course of,” he defined.

Though there isn’t any incumbent on this race, each candidates level to their backgrounds to elucidate why they’re certified for a place.

Gonzales stated, “…, together with my background in enterprise, legislation enforcement, oil and fuel, and actual property – it brings a few years of service and information to the Clerk’s Workplace.”

Gonzales stated he labored for the Parkersburg Police Division for 25 years in varied positions. He additionally labored within the Intelligence Unit of the Wooden County Sheriff’s Division and is a graduate of the FBI Nationwide Academy. The FBI web site describes the academy as knowledgeable course for U.S. and worldwide legislation enforcement officers who’ve been appointed by their businesses due to their management abilities. It is not only for FBI brokers.

Gonzales additionally stated he labored for an oil and fuel firm, the place he labored for the land division. For this place, he labored in courthouses, which he says taught him loads about county clerk workplaces.

Gonzales stated he was additionally a licensed actual property agent and had run a small native enterprise for eight years.

As for training, Gonzales stated he majored in legal justice.

Highlighting his background, Carpenter highlighted his intensive administration expertise.

“I’ve managed installations with as much as 300 drivers. After I was right here domestically I had 76 drivers and workplace employees. This workplace has 15 staff and a funds of round $1.4 million,” he stated.

Carpenter additionally pointed to his expertise with budgets since serving on metropolis council for a decade. He stated if he wins, he’ll resign from the town council.

Carpenter stated he has held administration and supervisory positions all through his skilled profession.

He additionally owns a neighborhood enterprise.

“I am all the time centered on customer support. All the pieces I’ve achieved is for the shoppers,” he stated, including that this expertise would assist “make it simpler for folks to become involved within the workplace.”

Relating to training, Carpenter stated he majored in administration and minored in finance.

Carpenter added that, if he wins, he’ll comply with Rhodes till he leaves workplace to make sure a easy transition.

Each candidates applauded the work of Mark Rhodes and his crew.

WTAP spoke to Rhodes to make clear what precisely goes into the conduct of an election. He stated this contains recruiting and coaching ballot employees, working polling stations, managing voting data, managing candidates’ monetary paperwork, double checking ballots, counting votes and double verification of voter registration.

Election day is November 8.

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