The following is a letter from Karen Phillips regarding her desire to run for Smith County Clerk:
My name is Karen Phillips, and I am announcing my candidacy for Smith County Clerk on the 2010 March Republican Primary ballot.
The County Clerk's office is one that serves all of the citizens of Smith County at some point in their lives, and it is important that each individual be treated in an efficient and respectful manner. I intend to create an environment that is service oriented and customer friendly because government should always have a citizens-first attitude.
My 18 years of clerical experience have prepared me for continuing the transformation of the County Clerk's office into twenty-first century technology. It is my intent to lead this office with a proactive records system and a commitment to excellence in serving the taxpayers of Smith County.
Along with excellent customer service, I am committed to working with all of the courts and other departments that interact with the County Clerk's office. Under my leadership, the County Clerk's office will work diligently and consistently to eliminate all bottlenecks and roadblocks to streamlined, efficient work processes. Full implementation of the Commissioners Court's Roadmap Business Plan will be our mission, and I will work closely with the entire Commissioners Court to lower operating costs and do all that I can to help them manage tax dollars wisely.
My husband and I have been married 32 years, and we have two adult sons. I was born and raised in Tyler and have lived here all but three of those years. The principles that guide me stem from my biblical values and my parents who taught me to "work as unto the Lord." This announcement comes as the result of much thought and prayer, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Smith County.