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|Sumrall has necessary skills for Clerk of Court|
We are lucky to have a strong field of candidates running for clerk of court this year. All of the candidates are qualified. What separates one candidate from another to make one the best choice for your clerk of court? In my opinion, caring and character are what counts, and Leah DeCelle Sumrall has had those qualities all her life.
Thirty-five years ago, Leah was in pre-school with my son. He was struggling to figure out which hand was his dominant hand. Leah approached the teacher, and told her to be patient with Jay, because he was trouble for using the scissors, and his feelings could be hurt very easily.
Three years ago, my wife and I were both in the hospital at MD Anderson. I was recovering from surgery, and my wife was in ICU. It was Christmas week. Sharon was not conscious, and was receiving "comfort care." Although there was nothing that could be done for either one of us, when Leah heard the news, she said, "We'll be there in about eight hours." My daughter told her they didn't need to come, that Sharon would never know if they had been there or not. She replied, "But we will know we were there." Leah and her husband and her mother and father showed up around midnight, just to stick their heads in and tell us they loved us and were caring for us.
Again, I believe that all the candidates running for this job are qualified, and several have outlined worthwhile goals they would like to achieve if elected. Most people who use the courthouse on a regular basis are attorneys. They understand the way the legal system works, and they will be able to get what they need, no matter who the clerk of court is.
But, when you and I as voters need to use the courthouse, we aren't as familiar with the process. We are there because we have a personal need, and we may need help. We need somebody who will be patient with us, treat us with respect, and somebody who won't hurt our feelings. I have had the privilege of knowing Leah all her life, and I know that she is the candidate who will create that type of atmosphere in the clerk of court's office.
I am proud to say I have already cast my vote for Leah DeCelle Sumrall for clerk of court, and I ask all the voters in Ouachita Parish to consider voting for her as well.
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