ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - With the long time Angelina County Clerk retiring at the end of the year, three candidates with varying backgrounds and experience are vying for the position.
Crystal Brent, Dickie Dixon and Amy Fincher are hoping to be the next Angelina County Clerk each with their own reasons why.
"I could come in and encourage the positive practices that are made in the current county clerk's office but make the changes that I believe could be make it an even better office than it already is for the community currently," said Crystal Brent.
Brent currently works in County Court at Law #2, Judge Derek Flournoy's office at the courthouse. She previously worked in the district clerk's office. She's been a resident of Angelina County for 26 years and has raised her 17-year-old daughter who will be graduating and going into the Navy.
Dickie Dixon said, "I've worked as a professional landman so I know how to use the records and I've actually taught people how to use the records as a genealogist. I've been a customer in county clerk's offices and seen the best and worst of how they do things."
Dixon is a native of Angelina County. In fact, he says his family came here in 1937. He says his campaign stands for compassion, progress and industry. He's fluent in Hebrew, works in customer service at Office Depot and through his various jobs over the years has been to and worked in many county clerk offices in many counties.
"I just decided that this was my opportunity to continue my 13 years of service to this office. I'm currently a supervisor in the office and I've been trained in every position so I'm confident I can do the job and serve as the next county clerk," said Amy Fincher.
Fincher graduated from Hudson High School and has lived in Angelina County for more than 23 years. She has been married for 16 years and has three children. She's involved with her church Lufkin United Methodist Church and she teaches children in a Sunday school class. She is also the treasurer of the Main Street Lufkin Advisory Board. Fincher says her faith, family and friends are the most important parts of her life and wouldn't be where she is today without them.
And each candidate has changes and expansion in mind to make the office more accessible to the community.
Fincher said, "If elected county clerk I would update the office, I would make more public records available online. This would include our real property records and I would make our court records available on our county website. I would also give our customers the option to pay with a debit card."
Brent said, "If I'm elected the office will be an 8:00 to 5:00 office so that we're able to serve the public from 8:00 to 5:00 as the public expects us to. Another change that would be made would be cross training. I would make sure that all the employees were cross trained in every position so that they can more effectively serve the public. "
Dixon said, "Number one is to make the records more convenient to the public by putting them on the computer to they're more searchable. I believe we should make our hours more accessible, we should be open later on Monday night and we should be open on Saturday so that people who work could get here more easily."
You can vote for the candidate you believe is best suited for the county clerk job until March 4th.
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