UNION COUNTY — A former member of the staff of the Union County Clerk of Court’s Office said that if elected to the office she will be a “hands-on” Clerk of Court who will use her more than 20 years of experience to effectively serve the people of Union County.
In a statement released this past weekend announcing her candidacy, Melanie Lawson discussed the importance of the Clerk of Court’s Office and her more than 20 years experience as a member of the staff.
“I would like to announce my intention to seek election to the office of Union County Clerk of Court,” Lawson said. “The Clerk of Court’s Office plays an important role in the judicial system in Union County. In addition to overseeing Family, Common Pleas, and General Sessions Courts, the office is also responsible for recording legal documents such as deeds, mortgages, tax liens, foreclosures, plats and a host of other items.
“In order for this office to operate effectively to serve the people of Union County, it is important that the Clerk of Court have the necessary experience to coordinate all of these various operations,” she said. “I have over twenty years of experience working in the Union County Clerk of Court’s Office in various positions which included Family Court Coordinator and Family Court Deputy Clerk. In addition, during my tenure with the Clerk of Court’s Office I had the opportunity to work in all of the areas under the responsibility of the Clerk of Court. I believe this experience will serve me well and allow me to ensure that the people of Union County receive the highest level of customer service.”
Lawson, a native of Union County, said that her experience in the Clerk Of Court’s Office will enable her to work closely and effectively with the staff to provide the people of Union County with quality service.
“I am a lifelong resident of Union County,” Lawson said. “I love our county and I want to see our community prosper, grow, and move forward. If elected as your Clerk of Court I want you to know that I will be a ‘hands-on’ Clerk of Court who will come alongside the staff and work diligently to provide excellent service to the citizens of our county. I ask for your support and I pledge that if elected I will work hard to operate a professional, efficient, and ethical office to serve the people of our county.”
Lawson said Monday that she is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Clerk of Court. This will be her second bid for the office which she first sought in 2012.
A Union High School graduate, Lawson is an active member of New Hope Baptist Church. For many years she also served as a volunteer with the SAFE Homes/Rape Crisis Coalition. She has one son, Rockey Lancaster, a daughter-in-law Kelly, and two grandchildren, Rylan and Addison, all of whom live in Buffalo. She is currently employed as Building Zoning Coordinator by the City of Union.
Lawson is the second candidate to announce for Clerk of Court. In February, Amy Austin announced that she is seeking the Republican nomination for the office.
The Clerk of Court’s Office is currently held by Democrat June Miller who has said she is not running for reelection.
With her announcement, Lawson becomes the sixth person in Union County to announce their intention to seek either the Democratic or Republican nominations for local, state or federal office.
Tommy Mann and Mark Cathcart have announced that they are seeking the Republican nomination for the SC House of Representatives District 42 seat. David Sinclair has announced that is seeking the GOP nomination for the District 3 Union County Council seat while Tommy Hill has announced that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the District 5 Union County Council seat.
The SC House District 42 seat is held by Democrat Mike Anthony while the District 3 seat is held by Democrat Tommy Ford and the District 5 seat is held by Randall “Chump” Hanvey, none of whom have announced whether or not they are seeking reelection.
Both the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their primaries to nominate candidate for local, state and federal office. The following local, state and federal offices will also be on the ballot in the June primaries and in the November general election:
• US House of Representatives District 5 — Incumbent is Republican Mick Mulvaney.
• SC Senate District 13 — Incumbent is Republican Shane Martin.
• SC Senate District 14 — Incumbent is Republican Harvey Peeler.
• SC Senate District 18 — Incumbent is Republican Ronnie Cromer.
• Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor — Incumbent is Republican Kevin Brackett.
• Union County Sheriff — Incumbent is Democrat David Taylor.
• Union County Council District 2 — Incumbent is Democrat Ralph Tucker.
• Union County Council District 6 — Incumbent is Democrat Kacie Petrie.
Voters who want to vote in June cannot vote in both primaries and must choose to vote in either the Democratic primary or the Republican primary.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]