Two Republicans in primary election for Clerk of Court

By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

April 17, 2014

On the primary ballot in May, two candidates are running on the Republican ticket to serve as the next clerk of Superior Court for Yadkin County. There are no candidates running on the Democrat ticket. Wayne Dixon has served in the role for the past 12 years.

Running for the position are two veterans of the Clerk of Court’s office — Beth Williams Holcomb and April Mendenhall.

Holcomb is a 1983 graduate of Forbush High School and has been employed by the Clerk of Superior Court since September of that year. Holcomb began her career part time at the clerk’s office in child support and was hired full-time in August of 1984. She worked in Criminal District and Superior Court for 18 years before being promoted to assistant clerk in 2001 by Clerk Dorothy Shore. She continued as assistant to Dixon upon his election in 2002.

Holcomb is also head cashier and has worked in the areas of estates, special proceedings and criminal superior court. She has completed several classes through the Administrative Office of the Courts in adoptions, incompetency proceedings, estates, foreclosures, name changes and criminal proceedings.

A “lifelong Republican” Holcomb also has served on the Yadkin County GOP Executive Committee since 2002 and is a past vice chairman. She is also a member of Boy Scout Troop 655, past PTA treasurer for Fall Creek Elementary and past member of the executive committee for the Forbush Band Boosters. Holcomb attends Union Cross Friends Meeting where she serves as co-chairman of the finance committee and recording clerk.

“In my 29 years with the clerk’s office I have at some point done practically every job,” Holcomb said. “The clerk has the responsibility of being the ‘record keeper’ of the court. My experience in estates and special proceedings is something only the high clerk and the assistant clerk can perform. If elected clerk I will continue to run the office with the same professional service to the public that has been done for the whole 29 years I have been there. My number one goal is to serve the people that come into the office in a professional, competent and courteous manner with everyone being treated equally.”

Canditate April Mendenhall is also a graduate of Forbush High School. Following high school, Mendenhall attended Surry Community College and Guilford Technical Community College. She holds an associate’s degree in applied science. Mendenhall has served as a deputy clerk of Superior Court for the past 17 years including the areas of Superior Civil Court, Juvenile Court, Jury Clerk, District Criminal Court and more.

Mendenhall said she has assisted in all areas of the court as needed. She said that her education, experience and people skills make her “the best candidate for clerk of Superior Court.”

“Also since I have another 14 years to work before I would be eligible for retirement I can lend stability and longevity to the office of clerk of Superior Court, as long as the people of Yadkin County decide to keep me elected,” Mendenhall said.

Mendenhall is a member of Peace Haven Baptist Church and has volunteered and coached softball and basketball teams while her daughter was attending Yadkinville Elementary School. She is also a member of the Yadkin GOP.

“If elected I will treat everyone equally and fair and in a professional manner anytime they may have an occasion to have any interaction with the clerk of court’s office,” Mendenhall said. “Our current clerk Wayne Dixon has assembled an experienced, competent and professional staff and I would like to retain everyone that is currently employed to keep the operation of the clerk’s office running efficiently and smoothly so that the citizens of Yadkin County can be best served.”

Both candidates will speak at the Candidate Forum event at the Yadkin County Courthouse on April 22.

Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.