“I think the most important thing is to preserve our records,” he said – a point Cross also underscored.
“I think this office holds the history of our lives,” she said. “It’s the second top producing office in the county. I think we need to stay on top of technology for the taxpayers to make it convenient for all of us.”
Cross said she decided to run for county clerk after working for the county for seven years.
“I think a lot of people complain about things but do nothing about it, that’s why I thought I would run,” she said. “I know I can do the job, and I enjoy it there and I enjoy customer service.”
Staples said he started out in the office part-time as a land record clerk and “worked his way up the totem pole” to the highest possible position.
“I feel that I am the best candidate for the job,” he said, noting he was up-to-date on relevant legislation through continuing education in the office, on top of 142 hours of college credits and managerial experience.
Candidates for district clerk were asked why they wanted to be district clerk.
Staples said she’d always loved the legal profession and had jumped on the opportunity to join the staff in the district clerk’s office 16 years ago. She was later elected to serve as district clerk in 2003, a position in which she is now going on her 12th year.
“I love my job. It’s been a joy to serve the county,” she said.
Sessions said she has been in law enforcement for 39 years – currently serving as a sergeant in the Anderson County Sheriff's Office – and that becoming the district clerk had always been a dream of hers.
“I believe that it’s the right time for a change in the district clerk’s office,” she said.