October 20, 2006 Volume 107 Number 20

Member of OPEIU Local 11 running for Clark County clerk post

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Vancouver resident Sherry Parker, a member of Office and Professional Employees Local 11, is the Democratic nominee for the position of Clark County clerk.

Parker will face Republican nominee Baine Wilson of LaCenter in the November general election. Wilson oversees the clerk’s office collections unit. The winner will succeed Jo Anne McBride, who did not seek re-election after serving five terms as the county clerk.

McBride has endorsed Parker to take her place.

In the Sept. 19 Democratic primary, Parker defeated MarCine Miles with 68 percent of the vote.

Parker, 59, has worked in the clerk’s office for seven years, most recently as a courtroom assistant. Prior to that she was a legal secretary/accountant for the Superior Court in the Juvenile Department.

The Clark County clerk’s office has an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million and a staff of 40. It serves as the Superior Court’s financial officer and keeper of the records.

“I have experience managing people, time and resources,” Parker said. “I know the challenges our office faces due to tight budgets and high caseloads and I know how the county budget process works.”

Parker’s husband, Phil, is a member of Electrical Workers Local 48 and president of the Labor Roundtable of Southwest Washington. Two sons, Jeffrey and David, also are members of Local 48.

Sherry Parker has been endorsed by IBEW Locals 48, 46 and 77, as well as the Clark, Skamania and West Klickitat Counties Labor Council; the Columbia-Pacific Building Trades Council and Laborers Local 335.

In her spare time, Parker serves on the Clark College board of trustees, on the Operating Budget Task Force for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, on the Salmon Creek Lions Club, and she’s chair of the Clark County Lions Hearing Committee.

For more information about her campaign, go to her Web site at www.parker4clerk.com.

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