The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Election 2012

October 28, 2012

Election 2012: Q&A with county circuit court clerk candidate Brad Curnutt

Name: Brad Curnutt

Age: 43

Occupation: Law enforcement (lieutenant investigator)

Education: 1987 graduate of Athens High School; 1992 graduate of Calhoun Community College, Associate of Science Degree; police science

Previous Political Experience: None

Community involvement: Former board member of the Athens-Limestone Child Advocacy Center, former member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (Child Protection Team) and deacon serving in men's ministry.

Personal: I am married to Paula Bates Curnutt and we have one daughter, Madison Curnutt, 15. Paula is employed as a registered nurse supervisor at Limestone County Home Health, and Madison attends Clements High School.

The News Courier: Do you feel your political party affiliation has any bearing on the duties of a circuit court clerk? Why or why not?

Brad Curnutt: No, I don't believe that my political party affiliation has any bearing on the duties of the circuit court clerk. I am a Republican and my beliefs will not have any effect on how I will serve each citizen when they come to the clerk's office. I will treat each person equal and fair.

NC: Budget limitations in the state’s court system have led to cutbacks in staff and hours at the Limestone County Courthouse. What specific plans do you have to keep the circuit clerk’s office running efficiently with fewer resources?

Curnutt: I plan on learning each division and working with and along side the staff in each division. I hope to implement more electronic filing, which will considerably cut down the time of handling paper files. I'm hopeful to implement a more useful website for the public to access forms and information.

With such a short staff, I feel that I need to implement as much public access as possible. This is the electronic age, but I am well aware that I need to be a servant and accessible to the public. I still plan to have an open-door policy.

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