Greene County voters will decide which of two Republican candidates will run in November against the Democratic candidate for the clerk of courts office.
A.J. Williams, who was appointed by the commissioners to fill the unexpired term of outgoing clerk of courts Terri Mazur, is being challenged for the clerk of courts seat by Alexander Blaschak, a recent college graduate. Neither candidate has run for public office before.
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The clerk of courts is responsible for filing, docketing, indexing and preserving all court pleadings, including civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases, according to county records. In addition, the county clerk of courts maintains district court of appeals filings, collects various fines and court costs as well as issues writs for court summons, subpoenas, arrest warrants and signs death warrants in capital murder cases, according to the county.
The office pays a base salary of $52,240 a year, a rate that is set by the state based on the population of a county.
According to information he provided, 33-year-old Williams is a native of Beavercreek and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science as well as a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Dayton.
Currently living in Yellow Springs, Williams worked as an intern for the city of Dayton planning department and has worked for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. In addition, Williams was formerly the chief deputy to Greene County Recorder Eric Sears.
Williams said Mazur, who retired after 21 years in the clerk of courts office, has spent “countless hours in the office” helping to make a smooth transition.
Williams said he “believes in the value of service.”
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“I hope to operate the most cost-effective and transparent clerk’s office possible,” Williams said. “We as an office will strive to keep the records in the most efficient manner possible, and will serve our neighbors with the professionalism and courtesy they deserve.”
Williams said evolving with new technologies will be “a constant matter.”
“My predecessor Ms. Mazur did a phenomenal job responding to new technologies and keeping these systems up to date for our county,” he said. “I intend to take that same approach as it has proven to be very successful.”
Blaschak, 22, said he recently graduated from Wright State University with a degree in political science.
A resident of Spring Valley, Blaschak said he has worked in the deli department at Dot’s Market in Bellbrook for three years. He said he learned about the law practice through an apprenticeship with his father, Thomas R. Blaschak of Blaschak Law Offices in Dayton.
“He got me interested in law,” Blaschak said. “Sometime in the future I would like to attend law school. My main focus right now is the election.”
Blaschak said he studied the election process while an undergraduate at WSU. He said he got into politics with some prodding from a few friends and became interested in running for public office, particularly the clerk of courts office, after hearing stories about Terri Mazur.
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“She tried to look at things in a simple, straight-forward way. I want to continue the legacy she left behind,” he said. “The goal will be to keep it exactly the way she had it.”
As a student in the Sugarcreek-Bellbrook district, Blaschak was a National Honors Society member and played varsity golf.
He said he’s campaigning largely through social media and is working to put up signs around the county.
“The goal is to get my name out there. (For campaign signs) I chose the colors bright green with black letters. I hope it will help get people to see the name and vote for me May 8.”
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