The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


November 1, 2012

'Pizazz' debate pits candidate issues


Circuit court clerk

Republican candidate Brad Curnutt and Democratic candidate Kris Allen are vying to fill retiring Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page’s office.

Curnutt is currently on campaign leave from his job as a criminal investigator for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and Allen is a salesman.

Smith asked Curnutt how in light of cutbacks in personnel and office hours he would best serve the public and the judicial system.

“With a short staff I’ll work the windows,” said Curnutt. “And with evictions, protection from abuse orders, and domestic issues I’ve had a good background in the sheriff’s office.”

Allen said in his job as salesman he brings many years of customer service to the table.

“When they have to come into this office it’s probably not been the best day,” said Allen. “I will walk them through the process with courtesy. With a highly-utilized, automated system, we can speed up the process.”

Smith asked how customer service would aid the judicial system.

“When I’m in the office I’m an agile thinker and can handle multiple things,” said Allen. “In my opinion customer service [and the judicial] work together.”

Curnutt said he has always been known in serving the public as a fair person.

“When people come to the clerk’s office they deserve friendly, good service, but also knowledge of the law,” said Curnutt. “I have the background to help them.”

In his question to Allen, Curnutt cited Page’s excellence performance in the job and asked him how Allen would insure that record of service would not change.

Allen said his grandfather was a district attorney in Tuscaloosa County.

“I’m a quick study and eminently trainable,” said Allen. “Knowledge is important. I have to know my products and I can learn whatever is put in front of me. It’s how you treat people. In my experience, a lot of people think when they are in front of law enforcement that they’ve done something wrong.”

Allen asked Curnutt if his past in law enforcement might intimidate people coming to his office.

“Some of my biggest supporters I’ve put their kids in jail,” said Curnutt. “My background in law enforcement will not affect how I treat people.”

In closing, Allen said he would work 60 to 80 hours a week in the job, if needed. Curnutt said voters could expect the same level of hard work he has displayed in his campaign when he gets in office.


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