Candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court
I respectfully ask for your vote to elect me Clerk of Albemarle’s Circuit Court.
Albemarle County is our home. I truly care about its future. I was born and raised in Lexington and graduated from Virginia Military Institute. For the past thirty years, I have excelled in leadership positions as a hands-on executive administrator in government and business. This experience gives me unrivaled credentials to be Albemarle’s next circuit court Clerk.
I believe a government should deliver the finest quality service to taxpayers, live within its means and it should reward public trust with ethical behavior. It’s our civic obligation to seek something better if it doesn’t.
Other candidates may tell you that working in the clerk’s office or being a lawyer make them more qualified for this job. Consider these facts about Virginia’s 117 clerks.
They were elected from diverse backgrounds in business, government, banking, real estate, law and occasionally from within the office. More than half were elected as independent candidates, reflecting Virginians’ values of wanting political partisanship out of the courthouse.
Fewer than a quarter are lawyers because the role of the clerk is not practicing law.
Successful clerks demonstrate the leadership skills and understanding to operate a complex government records, court service and financial operation with the highest level of integrity, not by being a lawyer or staffer in the office.
Albemarle’s taxpayers confront an eight-year record of financial mismanagement, waste and criminal scandals under Ms. Shipp. The office has plummeted from top tier status when she was elected, to being the most seriously problematic in the Commonwealth. If anything her long service impedes improvement.
I offer a clear 4-point plan to Modernize the Office, Restore Fiscal Integrity, Improve Customer Service and Ensure Accountability to Taxpayers.
It is a plan backed by my record of distinction as a successful leader in more than nine different organizations, ranging in size from a few employees to many thousands, with complex financial and customer service operations. I think my transition from an entry level government leader to unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate as a top administrator and Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security two decades later speaks to my integrity and ability to get the job done.
Eight years ago, Ms. Shipp won the election as a Democrat asserting that she was qualified to be Clerk because she had worked in the office. Yet under her mismanagement, the office’s performance has been among the worst in the Commonwealth. Financial penalties have even been levied against her by the state for not doing her job. She claims everything has improved, but another dismal audit and embezzlement scandal last year show it has not. The Albemarle Democratic Party abandoned her. Just four months ago, the Board of Elections cited her for financial errors in her own re-election records. Her recent “project announcements” looks like a desperate taxpayer funded effort to distract voters from her eight-year record of wretched performance. Voters have given her ample opportunity to prove herself capable, and she has not.
You can learn more about my plan and my experience at www.foresmanforclerk.com. With your vote on November 3rd we can restore Trust, Leadership and Value to Albemarle’s Clerk’s office.