City & County

County Clerk candidates speak though contest in November

At a recent candidate meet and greet hosted by Clark County Farm Bureau, those running for political office were invited to introduce themselves and discuss their platform.

There are two candidates running for Clark County Clerk — Tracy Rider, a justice of the peace running as a Republican, and Tina Johnson, chief deputy clerk running as a Democrat. This contest will be decided in the general election in November.

Tracy Rider
Rider has 17 years of experience as an office manager and dental assistant for Dr. Scott Byrd. She also owns The Farmhouse gift shop in downtown Arkadelphia, and currently serves as District 5 Justice of the Peace.

Rider said her experience in human resources and bookkeeping make her qualified for the county clerk’s responsibilities. “It’s important to me that all election laws are followed,” she said. As clerk, Rider said she would continue implementing a “full-fledged” electronic filing system for probate court so citizens and attorneys could have full access to those documents online.

Tina Johnson
With a decade spent in the county clerk’s office and 12 years in banking prior to that, Johnson said she “loves working for the citizens.”

Johnson said there are many functions in the clerk’s office, and they deal with the full spectrum of emotions for the people they serve. “Whether it’s a marriage license where you’re cheering people on or whether it’s someone who has a death in the family and you’re a probate, you may need to let them lean on your shoulder to cry, or you may just need to be a listening ear,” she said.

Johnson said she wants to ensure the county clerk’s office “continues to work in the manner it always has, and in an organized manner.”

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