Meet the candidates: Circuit Clerk


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Caldwell

Caldwell


Jones


Editor’s Note: As we approach the November General Election, the Point Pleasant Register will be running articles allowing the candidates in contested races to introduce themselves and tell the voters why they are running for office. Each candidate is asked, in their own words, to respond to two questions — tell us about yourself and why are you running for this office.

POINT PLEASANT — Voters in Mason County will be choosing between two candidates for Mason County Circuit Clerk – Incumbent Suzi Caldwell (D-Point Pleasant) and challenger Elizabeth Jones (R-Point Pleasant).

Candidates, along with their responses submitted to the Register, are listed below in alphabetical order.

Suzi Caldwell

Tell us about yourself:

I am Suzi Caldwell, Democrat candidate for Mason County Circuit Clerk. I’ve been married to Jerry Caldwell for 47 years. Jerry is a US Air Force veteran and is retired from M&G Polymers. We have three daughters and two grandchildren. We attend Life Spring Community Church.

I was a legal secretary for local attorneys before I was hired as Deputy Circuit Clerk and worked in the Clerk’s office for 22 years. Bill Withers retired in 2017 and I was appointed Clerk by unanimous vote of three Circuit Court Judges and it has been an honor to serve as Circuit Clerk.

Why are you running for this office:

There are several reasons I decided to run for this office. I have the background and the experience because I was a deputy clerk for 22 years. I have a good working relationship with our Circuit and Family Court Judges and local attorneys. I believe this position requires someone with experience and hands-on knowledge of the day to day operations of the Circuit Court.

Most people who come into the clerk’s office are not there because they want to be there. Usually, they are involved in litigation; suing someone, being sued or because they have been in some sort of legal or criminal trouble. They might come to pay fines, costs or restitution. I am committed to helping and serving, to the best of my ability, all that come into the clerk’s office.

Also, I want to bring electronic filing to Mason County. This will save the county money and will benefit not only the court but attorneys as well. Most importantly, I feel it is my responsibility to use my knowledge and 23 years of experience to continue serving Mason County citizens, not just as an administrator, but as a working circuit clerk.

Elizabeth Jones

Tell us about yourself:

Elizabeth Ann Jones, was born and raised in Point Pleasant. Daughter of Dan and Carol Lee Jones, she is the mother of Drew (Meredith) Hudson, and Danielle (Steve) Sanders, and one grandson.

Elizabeth graduated with the class of 1979 from Point Pleasant High School. Attended Marshall University. Through the years, Liz has been very active in Youth Leadership, such as a 4-H leader, Cheer Coach and Summer Youth Director.

Current positions include Point Pleasant City Council, where she serves on many committees, Main Street Committee, Historic Landmark Commission, Municipal Police Commission, Main Street Board of Directors, Republican Women’s Vice President.

Why are you running for this office:

Public Service has been a part of my life since I was a young child growing up with parents who taught me always to try to help others in need. I will commit to provide efficient service to the citizens of Mason County and to provide a professional Clerk’s office for the employees, as well as the citizens utilizing the office. I will provide a friendly smile and atmosphere for our people of Mason County.

I’ll work closely with the court deputies to ensure the records are properly processed and stored to maintain each file. I’ll work closely with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, public defenders and law enforcement agencies to help the criminal justice system run as smoothly as possible.

I believe my experience as a former clerk for the Point Pleasant Police Department, being a successful business owner and manager, and all my civic duties, prove I can be a responsible, trustworthy, friendly and hardworking asset to the Mason County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

In closing, I am committed to giving back to the community which has given so much to me. More than your support, I am asking for your prayers and guidance as I make this journey.

The candidate winning this race will serve out the unexpired term of retired Circuit Clerk Bill Withers, which ends in 2022.

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Jones
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