Shawntel Golden Announces Candidacy For Office of Lamar Co. District Clerk In 2014 Republican Primary
“I began my career with Lamar County in the Tax Assessor’s office in June 1994 and transferred to the District Clerk’s office in May 1996 where I have worked for the past 17 years. I am currently Marvin Ann Patterson’s Chief Deputy, a position I have held for the past 7 years. I believe my extensive experience working in the District Clerk’s office is my primary qualification for seeking the office. I have held a supervisory position for many years and am well-versed in the day-to-day operations of the office. My primary job is in our criminal department; however, I have experience in every aspect of the office, including but not limited to, civil, grand jury, jury selection, budget meetings and monthly reporting.
Marvin Ann Patterson has announced she will not seek re-election and plans to retire at the end of her term. I feel privileged to have worked for her over these years. Hardly a day goes by that a clerk from another county doesn’t call or e-mail Mrs. Patterson with a question. I have heard judges, attorneys and court reporters repeatedly say that Mrs. Patterson is the best District Clerk in the State of Texas. I am confident that I can ensure the office continues to serve the public in an efficient manner after Mrs. Patterson’s retirement.
I will continue to work with the county’s software provider to enact the recent Supreme Court mandate requiring court filings be done electronically and to implement and utilize the new software purchased last fall for the judicial records of the county. If elected, my goal will be to continue to serve Lamar County faithfully as I have the past 19 years with integrity, diligence, and friendly service.
I was born and raised in Lamar County, graduated from Chisum High School in 1992, and attended Paris Junior College and Texas A&M-Commerce. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Adam Golden, and we have two children, Garrett and Chesney. We make our home in the Ambia community. We are co-owners of Jerry Golden & Son Concrete Contractors. We are members of the New Hope Baptist Church in Paris where I teach the second through sixth grade Sunday school class. I am on the membership committee of the Association of Lamar County Republicans, a past member of Paris International Toastmasters Club, a current member of the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club where I served on the Board of Directors from 2008 – 2011, and am a member of the Paris Kiwanis Club where I will be sworn in as a board member in the fall.
As defined by statute, the District Clerk has a duty to keep the records of the District Court safe and properly arranged. The District Clerk must, among other things, record the acts and proceedings of the District Court, enter all judgments of the court under the direction of the judge, record all executions issued and the returns issued on the executions, administer trust accounts for minors ordered by the courts, keep an index of the parties to all suits filed in the court and make reference to any judgment made in the case and keep an account of all funds collected by the office, including fines and fees. The District Clerk’s office also provides support to the District judges and the County Court at Law judge. This defines just a few of the many job requirements of the District Clerk.”