The Edmond Sun

Opinion

August 24, 2012

OUR VIEW: Rhodes rises to the top

EDMOND — On Tuesday, Republican voters in Oklahoma County will be asked to choose between two men to serve as the next court clerk for the county. Tim Rhodes and Rep. Charles Key came out of four Republicans in the June primary election to vie for the spot. The primary runoff election will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

This election features an office that really requires more of an able administrator than the need for a politician. The court clerk serves as a specialized administrator of the courts. The person fulfilling this role should have a sound understanding of the court system and of the needs of taxpayers and all of those served by the courts.

When weighing the two candidates’ qualifications, we believe Rhodes provides the most experience and understanding of the office. He has 15 years as chief deputy court clerk, having served with retiring Court Clerk Patricia Presley. Rhodes also is an attorney and was a special judge for Oklahoma City in his career. He understands the needs of the judicial system and the many people served by this system.

Rhodes states that one of his main aims if elected is to finish the office’s transition to e-filing of court records. This is a tremendous task that holds critical importance for all citizens. Overseeing this process in a timely and financially responsible manner should be the priority of whomever is elected to the position. We believe Rhodes has the experience and knowledge to finish the job.

We encourage all eligible voters to read about the candidates and decide for themselves who will best serve Oklahoma County. The most important task ahead of Republican voters this Tuesday is making the time to go out and vote.

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