On April 18, 2017, Prince William County will hold a Special Election for the Clerk of the Court. Why?
Michele McQuigg’s untimely death last month (February 15, 2015) left an opening in one of the county’s constitutional offices, prompting the three localities served by the court — Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park–to ask for an April 18 special election to fill the seat. (from here)
What is the Clerk of the Court? It is a big job. If the Clerk of the Court does a poor job, we can waste lots of time in line waiting our turn. Worst, the Office of the Clerk can lose track of or mess up important records.
Here is a miserable example waiting in line from Atlanta, GA, of gods and goddess… by Julie (aka Cookie). With an introductory lesson in Thalia, the Greek Goddess of comedy, she tells her story of visiting the courthouse in Atlanta to probate her father’s will. is a skilled writer. So she makes her story both interesting and amusing. She also reminds of just how insufferable it is to wait in line for no good reason.
Put yourself in ‘s position. Your father has just died. So you are in mourning. Is that the best time to be driving through heavy traffic just so you can spend hours in line? Don’t you think the better option would be to plan ahead? If we take the time we can elect decent manager to keep our county’s legal records.
Here is the official job description. The full title is The Clerk of Circuit Court.
The Clerk of Circuit Court is a constitutional officer elected every eight (8) years. The Clerk serves the citizens of the County of Prince William and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
The Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court dates back to the 1700s. From that time to the present, the Clerk’s duties have changed significantly, but the office remains vitally important to the citizens of the county and each city.
The Code of Virginia lists more than 800 responsibilities of the Clerk, many of which are complex and challenging. The Clerk serves as the recorder of deeds and probate judge, issues marriage licenses and fictitious names, and is the official court administrator for all civil and criminal court cases. In this latter capacity, the Clerk creates and maintains all court files and records, prepares court orders and jury lists, contacts jurors and issues summons and court processes.
Circuit Court Clerks in Virginia perform duties that in many states are divided among three or four separate offices. Virginia has chosen to combine judicial and administrative functions into a single office–saving citizens significant tax dollars. (from here)
Who is running for the job?
Check out the candidate’s websites. In addition, check out some news articles.
- Prince William clerk of court candidates announced (insidenova.com)
- Smith, Miller are Prince William Clerk of Court candidates for April 18 special election (potomaclocal.com)
- ‘It is a sad day when we use words like bigot and white supremacists…because of differing political views’ (potomaclocal.com)
- Dumfries attorney faces GOP delegate in special election for circuit court clerk (fauquier.com)
- Clerk of courts candidates spar over qualifications in debate (insidenova.com)
- Around Prince William: What exactly is the clerk of Circuit Court? (insidenova.com)
- Note also that the PW Committee of 100 has videos of the debates between Miller and Smith at this link (see the bottom of the webpage). Unfortunately, the second video is incomplete. The editors made a mistake, and the video plays the first half of the debate twice.
Who am I campaigning for? Jackson Miller. Like Miller, I think the job requires an experienced leader/manager, and he is that. Smith is sharp, but Miller strikes me as sharper and a bit more honest, but judge for yourself.
Anyway, please take the time to become informed and vote. If you are unwilling to do a little research, please stay home.