Meet the candidates
Clerk of Court
NAME: Liz Johnson
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Retired after 38 years working in insurance industry
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Has not held elected office. Candidate for Georgia House District 157 (2010), Bulloch County Probate Judge (2008), Bulloch County Board of Commissioners (2004); served as Board Of Education Zoning Task Force Socio-Economic Subcommittee co-chairwoman
HOMETOWN: Born in Florida; has lived in Bulloch County for 16 years
FAMILY: Married, has children and grandchildren
NAME: Teresa Tucker
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Incumbent, elected 2008
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Employed with Clerk of Court’s Office since 1979; deputy clerk, 1979-84; chief deputy clerk, 1984-2008
FAMILY: Married, has adult children
Incumbent Bulloch County Clerk of Courts Teresa Perkins Tucker is banking on more than 30 years of experience to bring her a second term in office, while challenger Liz Johnson says she gives voters a choice and would bring fresh perspective to the office.
Tucker has worked in the clerk’s office since 1979 and has watched the office grow from when everything was “written in books” to records being kept electronically.
“Experience is a big asset,” Tucker said. “Things have changed tremendously since 1979, and while I have had (official) training, I have also had over 30 years’ hands-on experience.”
Johnson said the office of clerk of courts “plays an important role in all our lives,” and she feels residents should be “informed about the workings of the office.” Many voters with whom she has spoken were unaware that the position is a countywide office and not restricted to certain districts, she said.
“The citizens of Bulloch County deserve a choice,” she said. “I have years of experience in the private sector, and am a proven leader.”
Johnson has served on numerous boards including the Statesboro Regional Library board, Habitat for Humanity board, and a political action committee chair for the Bulloch County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Tucker has worked in all clerk of courts departments: civil, criminal, adoption, juvenile, real estate, liens and traffic.
“I love it, enjoy helping people and hope to continue to serve the people of Bulloch county,” she said, adding she has maintained a close working relationship with the courts.
Johnson said she hopes, if elected, to “focus on safety of all records and being first in service to all citizens.”
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.