Editor’s note: This Q&A is one in a series that aims to allow voters to get to know candidates who are running in the Aug. 2 primary. Nooga.com sent questionnaires to candidates on the ballot. We will post responses as we get them.
Incumbent Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk Vince Dean is in an uncontested race.
“Being unopposed, I have chosen not to spend the money on signs, social media and the likes,” he said in an email. “There are enough contested races to occupy the voters’ attention.”
Dean has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 27 years and the couple has three adult children, the youngest of whom attends UTC.
He and Debbie are also caretakers of Dean’s 87-year-old father, who is a retired Baptist Minister, Rev. Billy Dean.
Early voting for the Aug. 2 primaries is between July 13 and July 28.
Identify an area where existing functions in the office you’re seeking work well and one area that could use improvement. Explain.
I think overall, our office does most everything well.
That being said, we are constantly evaluating our procedures and identifying areas that can be improved.
We just recently were successful in having the law changed that will allow for electronic filing in criminal cases. We are working toward implementing that in our office.
What do you want the public to know about your background or personal life if anything?
I have spent most of my adult life in public service. I have served in all three branches of government. I was a Law Enforcement Officer for 27 years, a Councilman and Mayor for 10 years, a state legislator for 9 years and now the Criminal Court Clerk for 4 years.
Why should residents vote for you?
Apparently, the citizens of Hamilton County are pleased with my performance in this office, as no one in either major party has offered a candidate to run against me. I have increased retainable collections and reduced overall budget. We have consistently come in under budget each year.
What is your personal motivation for running for this office and wanting to lead?
I believe that my duty is to leave this office in better shape than it was when I took over. I have succeeded in improving it thus far and would like to continue not only improving the office but training the next generation of employees.