Circuit Clerk candidate: 'Only government that is necessary'

Ann Knef Oct. 23, 2008, 3:00am

St. Clair County Circuit Clerk candidate Terry Wright, 52, of O'Fallon, is running on the Republican ticket to succeed longtime Circuit Clerk Barney Metz, who after 28 years in office, is retiring. Wright faces Democrat Brendan Kelly, 32, in the Nov. 4 general election.

Wright recently responded to a questionnaire with the following answers:

Why are you running for Circuit Clerk?

Wright: In order for this to be a true electoral process the citizens should have a choice of representation, because not all citizens embrace the same political philosophy.

Why are you a Republican?

b>Wright:I believe a true Republican strives to ensure that we have only government that is necessary and that the people should be self-governing and not bureaucracy-governed.

What qualifies you for office?

Wright: Currently, I have over 20 years experience in the administrative areas of legal office services at a local prominent law firm with a national presence.

What changes would you bring about the operation of the Circuit Clerk's office?

Wright: First thing would be to bring this office into the 21st Century as it regards technology, to bring about the much needed efficient and timely access to information that the legal system needs and the citizens expect.

Also, I want to ensure the highest level of integrity in all of the operations of the Circuit Clerk's office.

Have you ever held elected office before?

Wright: Precinct committeeman.

Tell us about your family.

Wright: I am married 27 years to my wife, Irene. We have a grown son, Terry, and a young daughter, Abigail.

Who is (or has been) the most influential person in your life?

Wright: Jesus Christ.

What is your opinion of Gov. Sarah Palin?

Wright: I believe she has the courage to oppose bad policy and poor judgment.

What do you hear other members of the Republican Party say about Palin?

Wright: That she has a good understanding of the issues and problems in government.

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