Mrs. 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 4-year term ends Dec. 31, 2014.
Mrs. Parrott said she will not run again because she had married a man who lives in another county (Dave Parrott), who “travels with his job, and I’m going to 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 said, she purchased an “imager” with a public terminal which allows such members of the public as landmen and researchers to see images of documents on a computer without having to pull the file.
Mrs. Parrott was first elected District Clerk as a Democrat in 2002, and switched to the Republican Party, along with several other Upshur County office holders, for the 2010 election, when she was unopposed.
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 Mirror. “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.