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Clerking Under the Red Hat

Two clerks running for election this fall come under the red hat. Kathy Marlowe is the incumbent County Clerk and is running uncontested for re-election to the position that she has held for 24 years now.

Shawntel Golden is currently the Chief Deputy District Clerk and is running uncontested for District Clerk after a heated Republican Primary Election.

Leading up to the March 2012 GOP Primary Elections, Shawntel Golden and Susan Flanary-Turner both had their sights set on the GOP nomination for the District Clerk position. When the votes were counted in March, Golden beat her opponent Turner by winning over 78 percent of the votes.

Kathy and Shawntel are both running on the Republican ticket Uncontested in the November General Election.


Kathy Marlowe
Kathy Marlowe

County Clerk Kathy Marlowe — “Under the Red Hat”

Question 1: Tell us what you see as the description of your position and its responsibilities?

Kathy: The County Clerk is the custodian of all county records such as official public records and civil records. We have two offices in the courthouse, the basement and the 2nd floor. In our basement section some of the things we do are maintain deeds, mortgages – anything to do with real estate or land, marriage license applications, birth & death records, assumed names/doing business as (DBA), and corrections such as name spelling errors on birth certificates. On the second floor, we maintain all the County Court and County Court at Law records. Those typically cover civil suits and cases including probate, guardianship, mental health, and misdemeanor criminal charges. We issuing subpoenas, notices and citations for the courts and I also do all the minutes and I am the Clerk for the Commissioner’s Court.

Question 2: Tell us in short about yourself – education, experience, family, faith?

Kathy: I live in the same area where I grew up and have spent my whole life in Lamar County. I went to and graduated in the first class of what is now the North Lamar High School. After high school I worked for 20 years as a legal assistant at a law firm in Paris before being asked to apply for a vacancy and appointed as the County Clerk. I have been the County Clerk for 24 years now and love it. My daughter teaches at Paris High and I have a grandson that is 20 who is currently enrolled at PJC. I attend and am a member of the United Methodist Church in Powderly.

Question 3: What is your party affiliation and why?

Kathy: I was a Democrat but switched to Republican in 2011. Actually, I didn’t leave a party, it left me. The foundation of the parties has shifted but my core conservatism hasn’t. However at a local level all the parties are pretty conservative. Conservative democrats and conservative republicans still work together here. My values have never changed.

Question 4: How do you feel about straight party ticket voting and why?

Kathy: I don’t like it. At a State or Federal level the party makes a difference, but at a local level there are people in both parties doing good work. I think people need to take time to look at each candidate before going to the polls.

Question 5: Do you own any businesses or do any other work outside of this position?

Kathy: No.

Question 6: What has not been accomplished that will be the 1st thing on your agenda after the election?

Kathy: I started a project a few years ago to digitize the old records. So far we have done from 1960 to present. I want to go back as far as 1900 and we are doing so without general fund money. It is all driven from a fee base in the Clerk’s Office. We want people to be able to access records via computer without having to come to the office to get them. It costs $1 to print them online or here in the office and with them now being digitized we are averaging $600-$1000 a month being accessed online. I want this project to be completed before my next term is up.

Question 7: Have any organizations or groups endorsed you?

Kathy: No

Question 8: You are in an uncontested race, why should people vote for you if they plan on voting straight party as a Democrat?

Kathy: Because of projects implemented and because I enjoy working with and helping people in Lamar County.

Question 9: Anything else you would like to add or say in your own words?

Kathy: I love this job and Lamar County is & always will be my home.


Shawntel Golden
Shawntel Golden

Chief Deputy (and soon to be) District Clerk Shawntel Golden — “Under the Red Hat”

Question 1: Tell us what you see as the description of your position and its responsibilities?

Shawntel: We are the keepers of the files for court proceedings and records in the District Court to include all felony and civil suits. We file law suits, divorces, parent/child relationships and so on.

Question 2: You are uncontested going into the November elections, tell us about the primary?

Shawntel: Therewere two of us runningon the GOP ticket in March. I won with 78 percent of the vote so I feel pretty good now.

Question 3: Tell us in short about yourself – education, experience, family, faith?

Shawntel: I am from Paris and graduated from Chisum High School in 1992. I have been married to my high school sweet heart Adam for 19 years. We have two children, our son Garret who is 12 and our daughter Chesney who is 7. I attended PJC and started working in the Tax Assessor- Collector’s Office doing vehicle tags for about a year-and-a-half before coming to work in the District Clerk’s Office in 1996 and I have been here ever since. My family are members of the New Hope Baptist Church and I teach Sunday School for 3rd-6th grade kids. I am thankful for the grace of god.

Question 4: What is your party affiliation and why?

Shawntel: I have alwaysconsidered myselfRepublican and voted that way nationally, but growing up in Paris you had to be a democrat to vote. When the decision was made for me to run, the Republican Party is more in line with my beliefs. I believe that you have to be able to cross lines in Paris. My biggest supporter and the person that asked me to replace her is a Democrat and I will never forget that or what she has done for me.

Question 5: How do you feel about straight party ticket voting and why?

Shawntel: At the local level you need to vote for the individual person that is best suited for the job. At the State and Federal level there is a huge difference between parties.

Question 6: Do you own any businesses or do any other work outside of this position?

Shawntel: No. My husband owns a concrete company, Jerry Golden & Son Concrete Contractors, and I help do the books, but there is no conflict with that and the District Clerk’s Office.

Question 7: Have any organizations or groups endorsed you?

Shawntel: The Republican Party and The Paris News.

Question 8: You are in an uncontested race, why should people vote for you if they plan on voting straight party as a Democrat?

Shawntel: If the longtime current Democratic District Clerk Mrs. Patterson chose to endorse me to replace her, then I am obviously the best candidate for the position.

Question 9: Anything else you would like to add or say in your own words?

Shawntel: I vow to the tax payers to continue to do the job I have been doing for 18 years and what I am being elected to do. I plan on doing that with the same professionalism and integrity that this office has had for over 25 years with Marvin Ann Patterson as the Clerk.


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