After 20 years as an employee in the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office, Elaine Sullivan is vying to move into the top spot.
Sullivan announced her challenge to incumbent Beverly Johnson at the Republican Central Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 20. Sullivan will run against Johnson for the Republican nomination for Moffat County Clerk and Recorder in this November's election.
Her 20 years in the office have exposed Sullivan to all aspects of the clerk's office: Motor vehicle, recording, bookkeeping, elections, lien searches and marriage licenses. Having the clerk's office continue to excel in those services is a stated goal of Sullivan's.
"I want to bring positive leadership and respect to the office," she said. "I will work hard with the team (the clerk's office employees)."
"The current staff are dedicated professionals and I believe I can bring appreciation and leadership to them and Moffat County."
Sullivan has been on the Republican Central Committee for 18 years, serving as a precinct chairman. She has been on the Moffat County United Way Board for the past three years. Sullivan is responsible for running the selection committee and coordinating the presentation for the Volunteer of the Year Award.
As a life-long resident of Mof-fat County, Sullivan thinks the time for her to become County Clerk and Recorder is now.
"As I stated in my announcement speech, it was a matter of 'when' not 'if' I would run for this office," she said. "Waiting another four years would not be advantageous to the staff and the taxpayers of Moffat County."
Sullivan plans to continue the projects that the Clerk and Recorder's Office is working on. Scanning office records onto CD-ROM, equipping the office to run on Windows operating systems and integrating the more advanced equipment needed to run Windows and downloading images and data so they can be accessed electronically are efforts Sullivan said she would keep advancing if she were elected.
"With all the changes taking place in Moffat County, I feel it is essential to increase communication and morale in the clerk's office so we offer the best customer service to the taxpayers," Sullivan said.
The Republican caucus will be held April 23, with the assembly held May 4.
A fund-raiser for the campaign is being planned but no date has been set, Sullivan said.