The Guilford County clerk of Superior Court races historically don’t draw the kind of attention that some other races do.
However, the work is extremely important and, from time to time, the political battles to grab that office turn out to be very interesting. Next year, the race will include a Democratic primary, now that Democrat Lu-Ann Wilkinson has declared her candidacy for Guilford County clerk of Superior Court.
The December candidate filing period was closed by the North Carolina Supreme Court to hear lawsuits filed against the congressional and legislative districts drawn by the Republican North Carolina legislature. But Wilkinson publicly announced her bid for clerk of Superior Court, which will pit her against the incumbent Lisa Johnson-Tonkins, also a Democrat.
Wilkinson knows a thing or two about the job after working eight years in Guilford County’s office, beginning in 2012.
The clerk of courts office, as the name suggests, keeps track of the massive paperwork and electronic filings involved with the operations of the county’s court system. It also oversees the complex schedules that the courts maintain.
According to a Friday, Dec. 17 press release from Wilkinson, during her time in the office, she gained direct courtroom, customer service, and management experience.
The release adds that Wilkinson “knows that a strong Clerk’s office that is efficient in service, accountable for results, and compassionate to the needs of every citizen is critical to ensure that Guilford County’s judicial system is equipped to advance alongside the rest of North Carolina,” and that “Wilkinson’s vision, ability, and experience make her the perfect candidate to lead the Clerk’s office into the future. Wilkinson is ready to support staff and develop policies that meet the needs of Guilford County while bringing fresh ideas and solving complex issues as they arise.”