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Clerk of the Court? Race is on; Vejvoda tosses hat into ring
The race is on for San Juan County Clerk of the Court.
San Juan Island's Nancy Vejvoda, District Court clerk the past three years, is seeking election to the office of San Juan County Clerk.
Vejvoda will be running against two-term incumbent Joan White, who earlier announced her reelection bid. White was unopposed in 2010.
“It will be my goal to provide quality service to the taxpayers of San Juan County in the most efficient and cost effective manner," Vejvoda said in a press release announcing her candidacy. "It is important to stay abreast of new technology and modern business practices, thus keeping in step with private industry, and to produce and maintain the highest quality permanent public records.”
Duties of clerk of the court include management of business affairs of superior and juvenile courts, and family law matters, maintaining legal files, collection of court-ordered fines and fees, and coordinating purchase and renewal of U.S. passports. The position pays $75,000 and the Clerk of the Court supervises 3.4 employees.
Similar to the auditor, sheriff and prosecuting attorney, the clerk of the court is one of seven positions up for election in 2014 that are responsible for management of various departments of county government.
A 22-year resident of the San Juans, Vejvoda moved to San Juan Island in 1992 to work for the public school district as an educator and later was manager of a local hardware store, for eight years. Her resume of public service includes past-president and current member of the American Legion Auxiliary, member of Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society board of directors and former 4-H leader.
In her bid for public office, Vejvoda has drawn the endorsement Mary Jean Cahail, a former four-term clerk of the court.