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COUNTY CLERK CANDIDATES REVEAL PLATFORMS

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Editor’s note: Four locals are vying for Campbell County Clerk in the Aug. 7 local election.
As part of the LaFollette Press’s continuing political coverage, we asked each candidate for County Clerk to disclose their platform to the voters. Here is a sampling of what each revealed.
The Press, in conjunction with media partner 1450 WLAF, will host a series of candidate forums beginning 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) for District 1 candidates for county commission and school board. The forums will be open to the public.
We hope each candidate will attend and participate in dialogue that we believe is essential to foster a stronger democracy.
—LaFollette Press staff

Alene Baird
Alene Baird has worked for the Campbell County Clerk’s Office for 24 years and says she has enjoyed serving the citizens of Campbell County.
“I would like to ask you to give me the chance to become your county clerk,” she said. “As your county clerk I will be there to serve you. My top priority will consist of providing you service that is friendly and helpful, resulting in customer satisfaction.”  
She said relationships built through the county clerk’s office under her supervision will be based on core principles, including: honesty, trust, dependability, integrity and knowledge and skills.
“My No. 1 goal as your county clerk will be to provide quality customer service,” she said. “I want to create an atmosphere that will encourage efficient and effective service that will meet the needs of all customers.  I will treat every single person with courtesy and respect. “
As county clerk, Baird said she would be effective in seeking opportunities that will lead to higher work performance in the county clerk’s office.
“I will be committed to improving processes and procedures that will better serve the needs of the people,” she said. “I want to say thank you to the citizens of Campbell County who have made my prior years of working in the clerk’s office such an enjoyable and meaningful part of my life and I look forward to serving you in the upcoming years. I have felt very honored and privileged to serve the citizens of Campbell County for 24 years in the county clerk’s office. My years of service have given me the opportunity to meet and become friends with so many wonderful people of our county.”

Lynn Letner
Lynn Letner, a lifelong resident of Campbell County who graduated Campbell County High School and Lincoln Memorial University, completed a Bachelor of Business degree in 1989.
He served District 3 of Campbell County as a commissioner for 16 years.
“I represented my constituents’ interests and voted to utilize their hard-earned tax dollars wisely,” he said. I completed 96 credit hours of county government training provided by the University of Tennessee.  I have 16 years of experience in banking and finance in the private industry. I am licensed and bonded to handle cash and work with confidential information. I am currently employed at a  Knoxville Branch Bank.”
He and his wife of 20 years, Mona Hunley Letner, have two sons — Roston and Brycen.
“For several years, I have been involved with Campbell County youth sports’ programs. Supporting youth programs, such as these, helps build character and develop crucial values in our children,” he said. “I value integrity, honesty, fairness, strong work ethic and reinvesting in our community. I feel that I have demonstrated these qualities in my professional and personal life. My hard work and determination are evident in the campaign trail as I travel throughout the county, desiring and attempting to meet each citizen.”
If elected, Letner said he will maintain an “open-door policy: to citizens of Campbell County.
“I will be working in the offices at Jacksboro, LaFollette and Jellico to insure that you are given great service and respect,” he said. “Your vote and support are greatly appreciated in the upcoming election.”

Todd Nance
Todd Nance was born and raised in Jacksboro by Billie Overbay Nance and the late J.H. Nance. He graduated Campbell County High School in 1988 and married Beverly Ward in 1991. They have two children, Jay and Carrissa, and they currently live in Jacksboro.
Nance started his own business in 1991 as a contractor, at the age of 21, in Atlanta. Nance said working with two of the largest builders in the United States taught him about “world-class service” — a principle that puts customers first.
“My company grew to 20 employees using this business principle,” Nance said. “Through this, I learned to manage people and funds. Life was good in Atlanta, but it wasn’t home. We decided to come home in 2007 to raise our children.”
Nance said the county clerk’s office touches nearly every person in Campbell County and the No. 1 element for citizens is solid customer service.
“My vision for this office is to take it to that ‘world-class’ status that I learned,” he said.
Nance has visited other clerk offices in Tennessee and believes the office here can improve.
“My plan is to offer flex hours to citizens who work outside the county and also expand the online servces that are currently offered,” he said.
Nance intends to combine his experience as a business owner with the experience of the current staff in order to be the best in Tennessee.
“I have high standards and we as citizens deserve the best from this office,” he said. “We should never settle for average.”
Nance said he is asked on a daily basis if Don Nance was his father.
“I tell them he was my uncle,” he said. “And I am very proud and humbled of that fact. Don was the best at customer service, and I will do my best to continue what he established.”

Debbie Wilson
In her first campaign for the office of county clerk, Debbie Wilson said she made only one campaign promise — and that was to provide the citizens of Campbell County the same service that they have come to expect.
“My staff and I worked hard to achieve that goal,” Wilson said. “During the past four years, I have upgraded our computer system and remodeled the Jellico office to make it more accessible to the citizens of Jellico, including wheelchair accessibility.”
Wilson said she has faced a few challenges over the past four years, such as major construction at the courthouse, making it difficult for citizens to access her office.
But she and her staff “worked extra hard to make the customers a No. 1 priority.”
Wilson values making citizens’ experiences — in whatever business they are conducting — as pleasant as possible. She cites the record of audits — conducted by the state’s comptroller’s office — as her proudest achievement.
“We had one with discrepancies, which was quickly corrected to the satisfaction of the state comptroller,” she said. “We have had audits after this incident, which have been perfect.”
If reelected, Wilson plans to provide the same service she has in the past while looking for more efficient ways to serve the public.
“One example of my effort will be to provide the Jellico office with a drive-thru window and I am working with the Tennessee Department of Safety to install a driver’s license renewal station,” she said.
Wilson added that she is also working to provide more space to be more accessible to the public at the Jacksboro office.
“I have proudly served as deputy clerk in the past administrations and the past four years as your clerk,” Wilson said. “I have the leadership and management abilities with the experience and I ask for your continuing support.”