Poe slips by Randall for court clerk

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Nevada Daily Mail

Carrie Poe will be Vernon County's new Circuit Court Clerk. She will replace Vickie Erwin, who is retiring after having dedicated 24 years of service to the county.

Poe, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Moria Randall in what turned out to be the tightest local race of the night.

Poe polled 2,832 votes, winning 51.4 percent of the vote. Randall finished with 2,673 votes and 48.5 percent.

Poe was the only Democrat to be elected to office in the county outside of Judge Neal Quitno, who had no opposition.

Both women offered voters extensive experience in the position, with Poe having worked in the circuit clerk's office for 16 years and Randall for 20.

"I'm super excited, overwhelmed and totally thrilled for this new journey," said Poe.

On a night when Republicans swept all contested races but this office locally, Poe said she wasn't sure what made the difference but added that she "did do a lot of door-to-door. I tried to get my message out to the public as much as I could, that I am capable and more than willing to do the job."

Poe started working in the circuit clerk's office since August 1998.

The Vernon County native is a Nevada High School graduate. She attended MSSU for one year before starting at the Circuit Clerk's Office. Since 1998, she has been employed there continuously as a deputy clerk.

She worked with the child support cases for many years before being cross trained to work on the dissolutions, modifications, small claims, breach of contracts, and unlawful detainers.

She also has experience with associate criminal, traffic and juvenile cases.

Randall and her family moved to Nevada in 1980. She graduated from Nevada High in 1984, worked at Ricketts Grain for five years, and started a family.

During her years in the Circuit Clerk's office, she attended numerous training courses through the Office of State Court relating to criminal, civil, probate, traffic, accounting, legislative updates, and e-filing.

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