Karen Rushing


Serving as Clerk and County Comptroller since 1987, I have been recognized throughout the country as a progressive leader in financial excellence, customer service and technology. Education background includes: MBA, Credentialed Fraud Examiner, and post graduate work at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

What technological changes would you make to improve customer service?

Continue to align financial resources to ensure technology mandates imposed by the courts, legislature and the governing board of the county are implemented timely. A new mobile friendly website, designed to be intuitive, and provide easy access to information of the core systems (Courts, Recording, Finance and Audit) is scheduled for October 2016. Online payments initially implemented in 2013-14 for e-filing is under expansion efforts to include the ability to make partial payments and the ability to request/order certified copies of official documents. Scheduled for 2017-18, develop and implement an e-filing system for those unrepresented by legal counsel.

Do you support changing the Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller election from partisan to nonpartisan? Please explain your answer.
Given the Clerk and Comptroller’s office is not a policy office, party affiliation has little baring on how the elected official carries out their responsibilities. However, I do think voters deserve to know the party affiliation of the candidate. I think the voter is intelligent enough to know the difference between a policy office and an elected office charged with implementing policy without policy discretion. It is for these reasons I do not support changing the Office of Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller to nonpartisan.