Note: This story appears in the Friday, Nov. 1 newspaper on Page A1.
Candy Russell is now officially the Athens County Clerk of Courts and will serve out the remainder of the seat’s term.
Russell was chosen Wednesday by a vote from the Athens County Democratic Central Committee. The committee vote was contested between Russell and Becky Filar, the director of community justice for the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.
She has served as clerk on an interim basis following the death of Clerk of Courts Tina Willis in September.
Russell, a Democrat, has worked in the Clerk of Courts office for more than a dozen years and had most recently served as deputy chief clerk of courts. The term runs through 2020 and the seat will be on next year’s General Election ballot.
Willis herself had been appointed to the seat in 2018 following the retirement of Ann Trout, the last Clerk of Courts to be publicly elected (in 2016).