Election Day is just around the corner and WYDaily has you covered. In Newport News, there is one contested race for the Circuit Court clerk position between incumbent Gary Anderson and newcomer Angela Reason.
WYDaily sent both candidates five questions with a word count limit of 100 words each. The questions were sent out last Wednesday and both candidates submitted their answers Monday.
Here are Anderson’s answers published verbatim. Reason’s responses will be published on Friday.
What sets you apart from the other candidate?
With over 33½ years’ working in the office, I am the only candidate with the experience and knowledge of the Newport News Circuit Court Clerk’s Office to ensure that it continues to operate at the highest levels of efficiency, accuracy and outstanding customer service. I was chief-deputy for 16 years prior to becoming clerk in 2015 and constantly work at enhancing my knowledge of every aspect of the office.
How do you plan on addressing the crime?
The office of Clerk of Court is not one that makes laws or that can establish policies on crime. We do work closely on a daily basis with the police department, sheriff’s office and the commonwealth’s attorney office to ensure the smooth operation of the judicial system as it moves through the courts.
Why are you running for this seat?
I have always enjoyed my work in the Clerk’s Office and the satisfaction one can achieve from assisting the citizens. I am running to see that the standards we have established over the years for working with the judges, our financial and fiscal responsibilities and the everyday services we provide are maintained at the highest levels. It is essential that the staff and the citizens have an individual leading the office that can make swift and informed decisions necessary to efficiently perform the daily operations of the office.
Who is your biggest influence and why?
My mother was probably my biggest influence. I watched her as a single parent raise 3 great kids and work hard all day as a legal secretary. She instilled values such as hard work, dedication and integrity in me. She took great pride in her work and strived for perfection in all she did. I see that in myself as well and appreciate the guidance she provided me as I was growing up.
Why should the people of your jurisdiction choose you as their representative/city clerk?
I can’t stress enough that the citizens need to have an experienced leader in the position of circuit court clerk. It is not just an open seat to run for but it is a full-time job that requires the ability to read, understand and interpret the Code of Virginia to carry out the over 800 duties and responsibilities that are delegated to this office. I take great pride in the office and want to see that the high levels of our standards for conducting business are carried forward.