It will be quite a busy election year for the Clay County Election Commission, who has already presided over one special election this month and who expects to preside over two more special elections later this year.
One of those special elections will fall in November and will be held to fill the vacant seat of Clay County prosecuting attorney.
Late last week the Clay County Circuit Courtâ€™s Office received a formal letter of resignation from former Clay County Prosecutor Angela Turner-Lairy, who now serves as senator for District 16. Turner-Lairy said after serving as county prosecuting attorney for five years, walking away from the post wasnâ€™t easy but was mandatory now that she serves as a state legislator.
Turner-Lairy completed one four-year term, served one year of her second term and said she is truly grateful to the voters of Clay County and the Clay County Board of Supervisors for their continued support. The most rewarding part about serving as county prosecutor was having the chance to be an advocate for victims, she said.
â€śThereâ€™s not one specific case, but anytime I was able to use my position to help victims feels as if they have received justice that was always rewarding,â€ť Turner-Lairy said.
Prosecutors are bound by laws passed by state legislators, so Turner-Lairy said her experience as county prosecutor now allows her to form a better opinion about how state laws would affect not only victims of crimes but criminals as well.
District 5 Supervisor Floyd McKee made the motion for the Clay County Election Commission to hold a special election Nov. 5, 2013 to fill the county prosecuting attorney vacancy. The motion was seconded by District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton and passed unanimously.
McKee expressed his appreciation to Turner-Lairy for her dedication and years of service to the residents of the county.
â€śShe did a great job, was always professional and always on the job and on the case,â€ť McKee said. â€śSheâ€™s very bright, knew her job well and is easy to work with.â€ť
Turner-Lairy said although sheâ€™s in Jackson serving as senator residents of Clay County can be assured that sheâ€™s just a phone call away if they have any issues that need to be addressed.
â€śEven thought I have moved on my work ethic will be the same,â€ť she said. â€śI want to be accessible and would like the residents of Clay County to feel that they can contact me with their concerns. I appreciate the opportunity given to me by the voters of this county as well as the support and professionalism exhibited by those individuals serving in various offices of county government.â€ť