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March 5, 2014

Incumbent district clerk Janice Staples secures fourth term with Tuesday win

PALESTINE —

Incumbent Janice Staples won her fourth term as district clerk during the Republican Primary election Tuesday.

Staples, 64, defeated her opponent Sue Sessions by 1,862 votes — 3,841 to 1,979 — or 66 percent of the vote. Early voting totals were Staples, 1,907 to Sessions, 1,059.

“Praise the Lord! Because He is worthy and He did it,” Staples told the Herald-Press after the final election results were posted.

Sessions, 58, was unavailable for comment as of press time. She is employed as a sergeant at the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

Staples first took office as district clerk in 2003. She also worked for five years under former District Clerk Maxine Barnette. Staples also served on a handful of committees for the District Clerk's Association of Texas. In 2011, she was nominated for “District Clerk of the Year” by Region VI of the association, for which she served as director from June 2012-2013, and is serving as director in charge this year, from June 2013-2014.

During her terms, Staples has seen the office go through many a time of transition.

“I've worked in the office for 17 years, five years under the previous district clerk Maxine Barnette,” Staples said in a previous interview. “We have come from writing things in big books and in file folders to everything is on a computer now.”

Staples said “upgrading the technology” was the biggest transition she'd had to take on, noting the Supreme Court's recent mandate that lawyers file documents electronically.

“We have begun the process to begin e-filing,” Staples said. “Our county, based on its population, is mandated to begin July 1, 2015.”

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