Tight Race for Wichita County Clerk

Republican candidates running in the 2014 Wichita County Primaries are taking time to meet voters.

Many of those candidates spoke during the Wichita County Republican Women's meeting Monday afternoon.

In one of the races, Lori Bohannon is the Republican seeking re-election as Wichita County Clerk.

But the incumbent has drawn two challengers from her own party, former County Republican Party County Chair, Caroline Nicholas and another republican, Lisa Talley.

As the Wichita County Republican Women gather for their meeting, candidates for the upcoming 2014 Primary in Wichita County seize the moment to promote their campaigns.

Especially for those in a tight race, like the one for Wichita County Clerk, where, getting the word out becomes even more vital.

“Because I enjoy what I do. I've been doing it now for nearly 25 years, I've been in the country clerk office that long. I just enjoy it,” said current Wichita County Clerk Lori Bohannon.

She says it's her experience working in the county clerk's office which makes her the best candidate for the job.

But challenger, Caroline Nicholas, says her work serving as the Wichita County Republican Chair makes her ready to take on the role as county clerk.

“I suggested legislation that was enacted into law through State Senator Craig Estates who authored the bill. I also suggested changes in amendments to the Texas Election Code, which were subsequently instituted,” said Nicholas.

Lisa Talley is also in the crowded republican primary. She says for 20 years she helped administer elections, and says she the county clerk's duties are very important.

“The county clerk is who is responsible for elections in this county and everyone wants to have their voice heard, and I think that is very important,” Talley said.

Though different, each candidate has a vision for the future of the office.

“Improving some of the filings for the county clerks side, the reality side of the office. Trying to make it a more user friendly internet based web application,” said Bohannon.

“I'd like to see more outreach to the community and the local media and press to generate in the elections I would like to see some uses of the county's technologies and as far as the website in recruiting election judges and clerks,” said Nicholas.

And for Talley, she says recent glitches and electronic voting problems need to be dealt with.

“I believe it needs to be dealt with very decisively and very quickly. When that voter leaves that voting place they need to know and have confidence that their vote has been counted the way they intended it to be,” she said.

The primary election will be held on March 4th.. The deadline to register to vote is February 3rd.

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