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As she seeks the Republican nomination for Lamar County district clerk, Shawntel Golden says her experience in the office makes her an ideal candidate.
“I love my job, and I want to continue my service to the public. I know beyond a doubt I am qualified for this job,” Golden said. “I will continue to work serving Lamar County as I have done the last 17 years.”
She faces Susan Flanary-Turner in the March 14 Republican primary. The primary winner will not face a Democrat challenger in the November election.
Golden is chief deputy to District Clerk Marvin Ann Patterson. She has worked in the clerk’s office for 17 years. Prior to that, she spent two years in the tax assessor’s department. Golden said she has experience in all aspects of the district clerk’s office, including civil, grand jury, jury selection, budget meetings and monthly reporting.
“I started working at the lowest level of our office,” she said. “I’ve been chief deputy for seven years now. I have done and can do everything in our office.”
Golden said she understands the budgeting process, as well as the district clerk’s duties, which include direction to keep the records of the district court safe and properly arranged; record the acts and proceedings of the district court; enter all judgments of the court under the direction of the judge; record all executions issued and the returns issued on the executions; administer trust accounts for minors ordered by the courts; keep an index of the parties to all suits filed in the court and make reference to any judgment made in the case, also keeping an account of all funds collected by the office; including fines and fees; and provide support to the district judges and the county court-at-law judge.
“Anytime the clerk is gone, I’m the one in charge,” she said.
A Lamar County native, Golden graduated from Chisum High School in 1992 before attending Paris Junior College and Texas A&M University-Commerce. She married high school sweetheart Adam Golden, and the couple has two children, Garrett and Chesney. The family lives in the Ambia community. They are co-owners of Jerry Golden & Son Concrete Contractors and members of the New Hope Baptist Church in Paris, where she teaches the second through sixth grade Sunday school class.
Golden also serves on the membership committee of the Association of Lamar County Republicans; is a past member of Paris International Toastmasters Club; a current member of the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club, where she served on the board of directors from 2008 to 2011; and she is a member of the Paris Kiwanis Club.