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Clay County Clerk decides to run for re-election

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Clerk of the Circuit Court Vickie Wheeler, a Republican, is running for re-election in the upcoming Primary election.

"I like the job. It's very interesting," Wheeler said. "I've learned a lot, and I thought I'd give it another term."

Wheeler has worked in the Clay County Courthouse since 1989.

For the first 11 years, she worked in the Prosecutor's Office -- in the criminal area for the first eight years and in the child support division for three years.

In 2001, she became deputy clerk in the Clerk's Office.

For the last four years, Wheeler has been Clerk of the Circuit Court. She said working in the Clerk's Office before becoming clerk helped prepare her for the position.

"It's been a learning experience," she said. "It's made me a more confident person, and I feel like one person can make a difference -- if you work hard and make others see your vision on what you want done."

Wheeler said she has been working with the Election Board on voting centers, trying to save the county money by using fewer workers on Election Day.

"If I'm re-elected, I can further that process," she said. "We'll still be using the Infinity machines for voting, but we'll have to purchase e-poll books, which look like iPads. We can use leftover grant money from when Mary Brown was clerk, which will save the county money. I'm excited for Clay County to go to that."

Another goal of Wheeler's is to put files in the Clerk's Office onto microfilm and bring the records up to date.

A lifelong resident of Clay County, Wheeler feels like she is making a difference for the county.

"I feel like I've done something for the community," she said.

"Even though I get paid, I still feel like I'm doing something to save the county money."

Wheeler is married with two children and three grandchildren.