Former Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt entered the race for clerk of superior court in opposition to the incumbent, James Stanford, who has run unopposed since he took the position May 2001.
Kleinshmidt said he chose to campaign for office because he was approached by local residents interested in changes in the clerk of superior court office. This was an opportunity to create real positive changes in the court office, he said.
His first goal is to modernize and create a 21st century clerk office. Then he wants to make the office a more welcoming place for people who seek these services.
“One of the things that is true is if you ever find yourself in the clerks office you’re probably not having a good day,” Kleinshmidt said. “We need a level of service that recognizes that and treats everybody fairly no matter what is bringing them to the office.”
Kleinshmidt said he thinks his professional career as an attorney is is the most important indicator of his understanding of the position. He graduated from the UNC School of Law in 2000, and has worked as a criminal defense attorney and non-profit leader for almost two decades.