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A York County native has put her name in the November race for the Circuit Court Clerk position.
Stacy White filed paperwork with the York County registrar’s office May 29 and is running against Republican Kristen Nelson as an Independent.
White, a York High School graduate, previously worked in the York-Poquoson Circuit Clerk’s Office as deputy clerk for three years — from May 2000 to February 2003 — the Hampton Roads Academy of Criminal Justice as a Learning Resource Technician and as a paralegal for attorney Michael L. Wood.
She currently works as a paralegal for Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC.
She said in a news release announcing her candidacy that her experience in and out of the clerk’s office and her strong community roots would “bring a fresh and unique benefit to the citizens.”
“Every job, encounter and lesson learned along the way has prepared me for this opportunity,” she said. “I know first-hand how significant a well-run, productive and friendly clerk’s office is to not only the legal community, but to the residents of York County and Poquoson as well.”
White graduated from Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is currently working toward a master’s degree in criminal justice at the same university.
She will face Nelson, the courthouse’s interim circuit court clerk, on Nov. 3.
Nelson defeated Poquoson resident L.J. “Tu” Ritter II in the June 9 Primary by 2,427 votes and is campaigning on her experience — she has worked in the clerk’s office for 18 years, three of which with White — and has served as interim clerk since August, when Lynn Mendibur announced her retirement.
The clerk’s duties include handling administrative matters, probating wills, granting administration of estates and appointing guardians. The clerk’s role is described as “custodian of the court records” on the York County website.