Jefferson clerk faces two challengers

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Incumbent Jefferson County Clerk Christine Boulter faces two primary challengers this year.

No Democrat is running for the position, which means the winner of the primary will take office in 2015.

Colleen Casper Poole, a Menan legal assistant, said her experience with office management and legal issues make her an ideal candidate.

Andrew Wood, a 23-year-old bank teller from Rigby, said he would make oversight of county finances his top priority.

Boulter, of Rigby, said her 16 years of experience in the post is a unique asset. She first was elected in 2002. Before seeking election, she served as chief deputy at the office for four years.

“Experience in this office is important,” Boulter said. “You need to understand payroll. You need to understand social services and all the indigent codes and laws. You’re involved in elections, and you need extensive training in that.”

Boulter, who has obtained certifications in financial risk management, said she has an “extremely extensive wealth of experience” that no other candidate can match.

Wood, however, contends the county’s finances are not getting the thorough look they deserve.

“There’s a lot more we can do to get financial oversight in the county, and I believe that county clerk is a position where I can do lots of good,” he said. “If you look at the county budget, it has a very short-term perspective. Everyone is crying for more money, when it seems that taxpayers are the ones getting run over the most.”

Poole would focus on bringing more transparency to the office.

“People are coming in for public records requests and not getting what they need,” she said. “I would try to run the office more efficiently.”

Poole touted her five years of experience working in a law office, which included dealing with insurance issues and the court system.

“I will be there full-time,” she said.

There is very little a clerk can do to set policy, Boulter said, so promises of major changes to the office or the budget are hollow.

“My goal is to stay legal,” she said. “You just follow state codes and statutes.”

Poole said the office was not following all necessary statues, but did not specify which laws were not being followed.

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