In Virginia, the circuit court clerk wears three hats: 1) recorder of land records, 2) circuit court administrator and 3) probate judge. In many states these are three separate jobs administered by three separately paid persons. In Rappahannock, one person is responsible for all three of these jobs.
In a small office such as ours, the clerk is a “working clerk,” meaning the clerk is down in the trenches, working side-by-side every day, all day, with the deputies.
Understanding and managing the new and ever-evolving security procedures and technology, learning and applying the ever-changing laws and mastering the variety and volume of work takes years. A two-day training session in Richmond, some tips from a few friends and having previously filled in some forms in the clerk’s office is totally inadequate training and education to administer the myriad functions of the office.
Margaret “Peggy” Ralph is the only candidate with the skills acquired through experience and education and thorough knowledge of the law to serve as our circuit court clerk. These are the reasons why I shall vote for Margaret “Peggy” Ralph for circuit court clerk, and I encourage everyone to go to the polls and vote for her also.
(Circuit court clerk, 1977-2010)