NC: What do you feel are the primary duties of the circuit court clerk and why do you feel you are qualified to carry out those duties? Please be specific.
Curnutt: The clerk issues criminal misdemeanor and felony warrants, issues subpoenas, collects fines for traffic and hunting offenses, jury orientation, processes protection from abuse orders, oversees applications for passports and is responsible for absentee voting.
The clerk deals with divorces, child support modifications and the clerk must know the laws and keep up with the changes. As an investigator, I had to do the same. The clerk must be on call 24 hours each day, a demanding schedule that I am very familiar with because of my career in law enforcement.
The clerk must be able to interpret and follow the judge’s orders. I have helped numerous victims of criminal, civil and domestic cases over my career and many of these were very tough situations. This experience developed decision making skills that is required of the clerk.
NC: Explain why voters should choose you as license commissioner over your opponent.
Curnutt: I have served the citizens of Limestone County faithfully over the past 18 years by working cases day and night, on weekends and during holidays. Your next clerk must be available 24/7 and that's a lifestyle I've been living for years.
My involvement in law enforcement has given me the experience to work hand in hand with many divisions of the court system such as the district attorney, probation and parole, juvenile probation, Community Corrections and DHR.
The clerk must know the laws to help citizens as they come to the clerk's office with a problem. I have the background to help you when you come to the clerk's office with a problem. I will be able to advise you how to handle and resolve your situations.
I fully understand that both sides need to be heard and treated fairly. I have worked very hard during this campaign and will continue to work this hard when elected circuit court clerk.