Last updated: May 06. 2014 9:44PM - 2104 Views
By Amanda Moss amoss@civitasmedia.com

Vickie Daniel
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Clerk of Superior Court

Vickie Daniel (incumbent) - 2,835 votes

Peggy Roach - 1,518 votes

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County voters decided to stick with Democrat incumbent Vickie Daniel as clerk of Superior Court.

According to unofficial returns, Daniel captured 2,835 votes while her rival in the race Peggy Roach captured 1,518 votes.

Daniel, 57, said she was excited to win a four-year term.

“I am overwhelmed and truly thankful for the opportunity to serve Richmond County again,” Daniel said. “I’m really humbled that the people here have put faith in me to continue on as clerk.”

Daniel was appointed to the position in 2013, by Judge Tanya Wallace after Kathy Gainey retired. She has 31 years of experience including experience as the clerk of court.

The 64-year-old Roach, who had 34 years of experience in the clerks office, based her campaign on customer service for the residents in Richmond County. She believed that there was a new way to approach the operations of the clerk’s office, but she was unable to gain the votes necessary to take the seat.

Daniel believes that it is her work ethic and her contributions to the clerk’s office helped her win the primary.

“I’ve always loved my job,” Daniel said. “It is more than a job to me. It’s part of who I am. I think that 31 years of dedication to my job, my hard work and the people of this county believing in me is why I won tonight. I’ve always treated people with respect, and I have been very visible and involved in the community for many years. I truly just want to bring the best possible service to the residents here.”

Since Daniel was appointed, she has brought back the clerk’s office’s ability to process passport applications. In April alone, Daniel said that the office has processed more than 50 passport applications for local residents.

Daniel has also instituted a cross training program with the clerks that work in the office. Daniel said the purpose behind this was to make sure that someone was always available and trained to assist any resident that comes to the clerk’s office.

Daniel said she still would like to hire additional staff with language skills to give further help to residents that may have language barriers when coming to the clerk’s office. Daniel said it will be difficult to do so due to a hiring freeze, but it is something she is striving towards.

Daniel also plans on providing the community with a better understanding about what the clerk’s office does and what services are available to residents.

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