Candidates battle it out for circuit court seat
Candidates, left to right: Bingham, Allison, Tomlin, Douglas
All four candidates for election as clerk of circuit court in Northumberland County recently went to a meeting of the Bluff Point Community League at Bluff Point School.
Fifty-five people turned out to listen to them. Dave Mower, who moderated the meeting, said that he was delighted that the candidates came. “Now, we can put faces on all those campaign signs.”
The candidates, incumbent clerk Deborah Bingham, Karen “Toni” Allison, Thomas “Tommy” Tomlin, and Ellen Douglas each gave a brief opening statement emphasizing their qualifications for the job.
Bingham noted that she has worked in the clerk’s office first as chief deputy and more recently as the actual clerk since 2007. Allison said she has had a great deal of experience dealing with the clerk’s office and actually preparing many orders for it in her capacity as assistant to the Commonwealths Attorney for the past 17 years. Tomlin said that he had a qualification none of the others have: He’s a lawyer who has practiced in courts at all levels of Virginia’s system. Douglas noted that she spent 27 years as clerk of juvenile and general district courts in Essex and Northumberland counties.
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