Questionnaire from Index-Journal:
Years living in area:
Widow of Jeffery Scott "Woody" Woodhurst (We married November 17, 1995, in Greenwood); daughter, Kayla Woodhurst 24,; Son, Zack Woodhurst, 14; parents, Gordon Keith and Shirley Rich, of Lyman; brother, Gordon Rich Jr., of Lyman.
1989 Graduate of James F. Byrnes High School, Duncan; Lander University, 4 years; graduate of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy (J.P. Strom Award recipient for top academic average).
Deputy for the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office for 16 years.
Winn-Dixie as a produce clerk.
Coached baseball for Greenwood Parks and Recreation, Relay for Life, March of Dimes and Easter Seals.
Public elected offices:
Any unsuccessful political campaigns:
Other political and government experience:
Dr. Ray and Kitty Lewis,
Finis and Bettie Horne,
Ware Shoals High School principal
Paul Anderson, retired Lander University softball coach Doug Spears.
1. Why should people vote for you?
People should vote for me because I am equipped and fully able to handle the job of the Clerk of Court, and to represent the position with honor and integrity. I believe that the Clerk of Court's Office is in need of new blood and new ideas to promote efficiency and quality service. My goal would be to stress full cooperation from all staff members to ensure that the public is properly and timely served.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
The three most important issues that I would address if elected would be public service, economic restraints and cross-training.
A) I have been a public servant in Greenwood County for sixteen years, and I believe that public servants should bring honor to their office/position. Accordingly, I would make sure that all staff members are fully aware of the fact that they serve the public and that they should conduct themselves in such a manner. The staff would be required to dress professionally and to address every individual with respect. I would make sure that the office environment is friendly and inviting to the public.
B) As a current County employee, I am familiar with the budget restraints that hinder each and every department of the County. As Clerk of Court, I would take more economic measures to keep expenses at a minimum. In today's economy, it is likely that the County will continue to face financial issues so it is imperative that the Clerk's Office be conscious of this fact and work toward minimum, if any, increase in overhead. It is my goal to utilize the funds and budget available to make the Greenwood County Clerk of Court's Office the most efficient, progressive and professional office in the state.
C) I believe that it is most important to cross-train the entire staff of the Clerk's Office so that each position is properly covered and available to the community at all times of the work day. There should never be an opportunity for an individual to walk into the Clerk's Office and be refused service or forced to wait for long periods of time because the available staff members lack the knowledge or skills to cover someone else's position. Every individual should receive equal and prompt service, regardless of their need or problem. Anything less would be unacceptable.
3. What other issues do you see as important?
It is important that the Clerk of Court's Office fully utilize every staff member to increase productivity and cut costs. Any positions left vacant by individuals retiring should be filled/covered by existing staff whenever possible, in an effort to keep costs down. It would be my hope that normal attrition would take care of any concerns of being overstaffed.
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
I would put forth every effort to make the Greenwood County Clerk of Court's Office accessible to everyone, regardless of race, age or economic status. It would be evident by appearance and action that the Clerk's Office works for the citizens of Greenwood County. I have dedicated my life to serving this community to the best of my ability through my employment with the Sheriff's Office, and I would certainly bring that same mission and motto to the Clerk's Office. As I've already stated, my main objectives are public service, economic restraints and cross-training. If these areas are made a priority and every staff member operates their job accordingly, then complete public accessibility has been accomplished.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
7. Are there any personal details about yourself voters would be interested in knowing?
I was afforded the opportunity to come to Greenwood to play softball for Lander University in 1989 and make Greenwood my home. I will be forever thankful to Coach Doug Spears and Dee Garner for that opportunity. Lander University allowed me to meet many wonderful people who impacted my life and the person that I am today, those being: Finis and Bettie Horne, Chandler Darling, Kitty and Ray Lewis, Van and Beth Taylor, Steve and Gail Grogan, Jeff May, Charlie Sacoco, Dr. Joe Chandler, Kathy Sayer and so many more that I wish that I could list!
Working for the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office has also played a great role in my life. My experience with the Sheriff's Office has allowed me to serve and meet many wonderful people who have influenced my life and who I am. It is like an extended family, and there is no way to explain or understand that relationship unless you are part of it!
The most important thing in my life was meeting my husband Woody Woodhurst at Lander University. We married November 17, 1995, in Greenwood and allowed my daughter Kayla and myself to become a part of one another's life which has been a blessing in itself. We also have a wonderful son, Zack Woodhurst, who is 14 years old, and makes me proud everyday! September 30, 2011 we lost Woody suddenly, and it changed our lives forever more. Woody was the most wonderful friend, husband, father, deputy and person that anyone could ever know. Woody is a part and will always be a part of us and who we are, anyone he came in contact with. He was very involved in his family, especially our son Zack, which is a role that I have had to try to fill. My schedule is tight balancing time with work, home, family and making sure my son gets where he needs to be, because he is very involved with school and sports. However, I make every effort to make sure that I conduct my campaign on personal time after normal work hours with the County. This is very important to me!
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