GILMER -- Upshur County District Clerk Carolyn Parrott announced today she will not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2014, and endorsed one of her deputy clerks, Karen Bunn, to succeed her.
Ms. Bunn and Kathryn J. Wilson have filed so far for the post to succeed Mrs. Parrott, a Republican who will complete her 11th year in office at year's end. Her current four-year term ends Dec. 31, 2014.
Mrs. Parrott said she wouldn't run again because she had married a man who lives in another county (Dave Parrott), who "travels with his job, and I'm gonna travel with him." She said "it's more convenient" to do that if she is no longer clerk.
She noted she has worked for Upshur County 25 years, including as a secretary in the district attorney's office and as a deputy district clerk before being first elected in 2002.
During her tenure, she pointed out, she purchased an "imager" with a public terminal which allows such members of the public as landmen and researchers to see images of documents without having to pull the file.
In endorsing Mrs. Bunn, who has been a deputy in the office for seven years, Mrs. Parrott said, "I think she'll be a great clerk and a great asset to the county." Mrs. Bunn's lone opponent to date, Mrs. Wilson, has a background in law enforcement and real estate.
"I've enjoyed being the clerk," Mrs. Parrott told the Tyler Morning Telegraph. "It's been a challenging and rewarding job for me. I've made lots of good friends," who will be "friends for life," she said.