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Scarbrough, Calhoun vying for circuit clerk title

Published 11:00pm Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Election Day is next Tuesday and there is only one local countywide race in Pike County.

Democrat Daryl Calhoun and Republican Jamie Neeley Scarbrough (incumbent) are both vying for the circuit clerk title.

“I would like to be a public servant,” Calhoun said. “People in Pike County believe politicians are not honest, they just want your vote. I just want to give back.”

Calhoun is a 1985 graduate of Pike County High School who has worked at the Troy Police Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department. He’s also spent time employed by the Alabama Department of Transportation.

A 1994 graduate of Pike County High School, Scarbrough has been working in the Circuit Clerk’s Office since she was 19 and has served for two years as the Pike County Circuit Clerk.

“I started at the bottom,” Scarbrough said. “I want to continue to be circuit clerk because I care about the people of this county. I have the utmost respect for the judicial system and I understand the need for experience in this office.”

As a newcomer to the office, Calhoun said if he was elected he’d like to create a customer friendly environment.

“I have had business in that office before and I think it should be a customer driven office. The times I’ve been in there, it wasn’t customer driven and that’s why I decided to run,” Calhoun said.

Calhoun also said he’d like to work toward securing better technology for the purpose of checking the status of bail bondsman licenses and he’d work to end the circuit clerk’s participation in what he calls the “supernumerary retirement plan.”

Scarbrough is quick to clarify when anyone asks her about that “retirement plan.”

“Supernumarary isn’t a retirement plan, it’s a status. When a clerk, judge or district attorney retires, they can be called back at any time to fulfill the duties of that position,” Scarbrough said. “That isn’t a choice clerks make. I wasn’t given an option.”

Although Scarbrough said funds are tight when it comes to technology and staffing is down to 43 percent due to cutbacks, she and her staff have been working diligently to move the county toward a paperless system, beginning with a push for e-filing.

“There is a lot in store for the future of the court system,” Scarbrough said. “But in order to make changes in an office, you have to know how it works. In order to make changes to a system, you have to know how that system works.”

Scarbrough said that her knowledge of the court system and the clerk’s office is what sets her apart from her opposition.

Calhoun said change is what the clerk’s office needs and maintains he’s the best candidate for the job and he also wants voters to know he possesses many of the same values they do, despite a popular new slogan by the Pike County Republican Party.

“I don’t think the Republicans have a patent on Pike County values,” Calhoun said. “That’s a slap in most folks’ faces. I believe in the same family values. I am a good family man. I am a good Christian.”

Both Scarbrough and Calhoun will be at the candidate forum hosted by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce tomorrow night at 5:30 at the Troy Parks and Recreation Department on Enzor Road.

 

  • hosskatbama

    Calhoun said. “People in Pike County believe politicians are not honest, they just want your vote. I just want to give back.” This from a candidate that can’t explain why he’s running on a ticket that supports gay marriage, taxpayer funded abortions, and also wanted to remove “God” from their national platform. Whenever he’s asked about being a Democrat, he dances around the question and usually states that he’s not an Obama Democrat, but a conservative democrat. Hogwash! If he’s as conservative as he states, he’d be running on Republican ticket. The only reason he’s not is because he knew he didn’t stand a change against Mrs. Scarbrough in the primary, so he decided to take the easy way out. He’s no more interested in serving the people of this county, than President Obama is to people of this county. He’s simply wanting a JOB!! Try down in Brundidge, I hear the Walmart Distribution Center is hiring.

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    • Jack Bauer

      hosskat, from what I have gathered he is employed by the DOT so doesn’t appear that he simply wants a job. i don’t care either way, just thought worth noting. i will just be glad when they can take all these policical signs down – some are down right scary!

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    • Virtuous

      I’m confused. Are you saying Democrats supports gay marriages, abortions (regardless of funding), and the removal of God from the platform?

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  • trojan81

    The best person for the job should be the person with the most experience to do the job, not political party. So other than those that have served before her has the most experience? None but the one doing the job now. To be cut in finding and employees, Jamie is doing a wonderful job.

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  • Mook

    @hosskatbama, i disagree with your views on democrats. I wish people would not get so hung up on republicans and democrats and view the person as an individual.

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  • frog0226

    I must say I dont know a lot about politics. But I dont know Calhoun. We should not base this job on what one’s political party is, but the one that is most quitified for the job. The one that is honest to themselves. I thinnk as a person that lives in this town I had rather deal with sumeone like this. But I do have one question does anyone check into this peoples back ground? And if so what is it called when you lie and cheat the goverment for houseing for low income familys. I hope not a honest person. (Just Saying)

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  • mysnbama

    I don’t know Mr. Calhoun either, but one doesn’t have to go far to find how honest he really is. Mr. Calhoun stated in one of his articles, “I feel that voters deserve to know important information and facts to help them determine how they will vote. I took his words literal. I went to both candidates vying for Circuit Clerk and unfortunately for Mr. Calhoun; it blatantly appears that there are some unethical practices happening in his records; in reference to his Notarized signatures and such. Become informed Pike County citizens! It’s public record and it’s your right to know the facts!

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  • Trojanparents

    oOoOOps! Looks like he got tired of his wifey notarizing his signature and decided to sign her name himself. Ouch! That one has gotta hurt! As clerk, wouldn’t he be signing warrants on people for forging a notarys signature. That’s just how honest they are! Yeah, I think that is exactly what we need.

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  • hosskatbama

    @ Virtuous, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Did you not watch any of the Democratic National Convention? Look, my grandfather voted straight Democrat Ticket up until he died years ago. But he could tell me exactly why he voted that way. I asked Mr. Calhoun a basic question of why he was running on the Democrat Ticket, and all he did was dance around the question. I heard plenty of reasons why he wasn’t really a democrat, and how he’s voted republican, and will again, but never once could he tell me why he was running as one. At the same time, he’s passing out a republican flyer that was sent out supporting Mrs. Scarbrough, to all of the heavily democratic areas of the county, telling them “this is what the republicans think of you, and I’m one of you”. So which is it? Are you a “democrat” like you’re telling the democrats in the county, or are you “not really a democrat”, which is what he’s telling the Republicans in this county. This coming from a man that says, “People in Pike County believe politicians are not honest, they just want your vote”. Pot calling the kettle black?

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