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By Sarah Baldwin - bio | email

July 14, 2008

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - The lines are drawn, sides have been picked, and each candidate for Decatur County Clerk of Courts has her fair share of supporters.  Patsy Rentz is counting on her slogan "experience counts" to remind voters , she's been a deputy clerk for state court for the last 13 years.  "My job duties include the accounting for state court and the traffic division.  I'm familiar with all areas of the office. I assist in other areas as needed."

Her opponent, Cecilia Willis argues electing someone new to the office may be just what it needs to bring it up to date.  "I don't understand why we do it the way we've always done it. I'll bring a fresh look, I'll bring some fresh ideas and more ideas for accessibility and modernization."

Willis says one of her top priorities would be to get grant money in to modernize the clerk's office. "There are four grants out there that add up to $1 million that are out there for projects to digitize records. Put them online, make them accessible to the citizens. It's their records, put them where they can get to them." As a deputy for the Decatur County Sheriff's Office she says she's already had a lot of success in getting grants.

Rentz says she's no stranger to technology either.  "I maintain the computers and handle any problems with the computers is in our office."

Both say any changes need to be ones that are best for Decatur countians.  "I would look at whatever is in the best interest of the public," says Rentz. 

"Regardless of how they're going to vote, go out and vote tomorrow," says Willis.  It's the only way to make sure you're voice is heard. 

Since there is no Republican running for Clerk of Courts, the race will be decided in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.

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