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Candidate Profiles: Oktibbeha County Circuit and Chancery Clerks

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CHANCERY CLERK CANDIDATES:

MONICA BANKS

Q&A responses not submitted

 


 

 

CIRCUIT CLERK CANDIDATES:

MICHAEL JASON CAMPBELL
** WILL ATTEND Meet & Greet on July 8

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
My wife, Ryann and I moved to Starkville May 2007 to attend MSU. Ryann had received a healthy scholarship and I was anxious to attend a veteran friendly college and community. I was fortunate to work with Andrew Rendon at the Center for Americas Veterans.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
As a former paratrooper and two-time combat veteran I understand the value of good leadership and the development of young leaders. As the former National President of a non profit organization I was responsible for guiding 7 board members, 2 elected officials, 1 executive director and 5 regional directors across the country. Our organization (Student Veterans of America) played a pivotal part in urging congress and the senate to pass the post 911 GI Bill. The passage of a well needed education bill for our nation’s veterans would have never happened without the support and mentorship of former Dean of students Mike White, former Senator from Virginia Jim Webb, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and hundreds of volunteer student veterans. I am very proud to add that none of our student veterans during my leadership ever took one penny for their work and did it all as full time college students.That experience taught me how to run a staff, work with elected leaders and gave me an intimate respect for the process of nonpartisan democracy. I truly hope that we made Sonny Montgomery proud!

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
Right now the office of the circuit court clerk is in need of transparency, work ethic, and organization. It is also in need of a young motivated nonpartisan person that can bring our elected leaders together with technology. I fear that if we fail to move communication processes forward, our youth could lose interest in our process of democracy. I want to be the person to carry that baton of voter rights registration and participation to our counties people. I do not think that anything should be taken away from the current methods of voting and campaigning, but there is much we could add.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
Oktibbeha County/Starkville community is a unique set up, especially in conjunction with MSU. I would love to help educate county residents on politics and find other ways to educate them in an effort to build a stronger and more efficient county government.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
I would like to see an increased interest in democracy and politics from our young adults over the next 5 years. This will help keep all generations of voters involved in democracy so the community will evolve and continue to grow. I believe growth and improvement should begin with transparency and education.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
Constituents can e-mail me with any questions they have about me or my campaign. michael.campbell.msu@gmail.com

I am very open to discussion and will do my best to answer any questions that relate to the circuit clerk position.

 


 

 

E. REGINA EVANS

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
I have lived in Starkville for 42 years.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
I have 23 years of experience  as Deputy Circuit Clerk of Oktibbeha County.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
Strong leadership skills, a firm understanding of the circuit court and election systems, and most importantly a passion for serving the people of Oktibbeha County.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
In regard to the community as a whole, I, like many others, am concerned with establishing a strong school system that prepares all of our children for the future, We need them to be prepared and choose Oktibbeha County as their home and become our government and business leaders of tomorrow.

A strength would definitely be the fact that we are home to Mississippi State University.  I feel that we are on the verge of being a world class community based on the diversity MSU brings to our community.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
I would love to see Starkville/Oktibbeha County become home to more industry with higher paying jobs that would afford more opportunities to our citizens.

As far as the court system is concerned, being the office I seek, I would like to see a county court developed that would take some of the load off of our municipal and justice court and free the circuit court up to handle cases in a more timely fashion.  For a number of years, it has taken some civil court cases years to get on the circuit court docket for trial.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
You can find out about my campaign on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/evanscircuitclerk

 


 

GLENN HAMILTON

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
I am a lifetime 4th generation Oktibbeha County resident for 60 years.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?

  •         Ten years of private business ownership;
  •         Seven years as a Marketing Director for MDAAC;
  •         Eight years Mississippi State Senator, District 15
  •         Four years Chairman of the Mississippi Parole Board
  •         Four years Circuit Court Clerk

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
I believe the most important aspects of this office is to continue to provide strong, dependable public service in the areas of elections, circuit court, and the other overall duties of the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
The strengths of this community are its diversified unity, citizenship, and high levels of educational opportunities.

The weaknesses are the lack of more cultural and retail opportunities in this community.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
Improvement of the K-12 educational system

Improvement of the city’s infrastructure to meet the needs of the rapid growth.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
You can contact me at:
Glenn Hamilton
662-263-7692 or
www.VoteGlennHamilton.com

 


 

As part of our monthly Blue Ribbon Business Resources series, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership will provide our membership with an opportunity to meet and hear from local candidates during the next Power Breakfast scheduled for July 8 at 7:30 a.m. at Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville. Register your attendance for the Candidate Meet & Greet, where candidates who accepted our invitation will offer a 5-minute statement, and Partnership members and constituents will have the opportunity for informal conversations with candidates before and after the program. Doors open at 7:00am on Wednesday, July 8. Power Breakfast is free for GSDP member representatives, and non-members are welcome for a fee of $25 per person.

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