Whitson announces candidacy for Clerk of Court

Melissa Whitson
Special to the News
Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 01:22 PM.

CHIPLEY - Local educator, Melissa Whitson, has formally announced her candidacy for Washington County’s Clerk of Court.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity," said Whitson.  "However, I felt it was important to honor my commitment to my students before focusing on my campaign.” 

Whitson goes on to say she feels leadership is her strongest asset as a candidate.

“This position will require a person who can exhibit professionalism, integrity, and key leadership skills. In the past, I have always worked diligently to strengthen school, parental, and business communication in education," said Whitson. "I feel this same skill set can aid me in creating

an even stronger working partnership between the clerk’s office and the community."

 Whitson’s past leadership efforts include  assisting in promoting local, state, and national projects for organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Library of Congress Veteran Historical Project, and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT). 

Melissa Whitson has served more than 25 years as a teacher, accumulating numerous awards for her leadership in education.  She was named Bartow High School’s Teacher of the Year (1999), Wal-Mart’s Teacher of the Year (1999), Roulhac Middle School’s Teacher of the Year (2014), and Washington County’s Teacher of the Year (2014).  Additionally, as a recognized leader in education, she has served on a specialized task force this past year (ACES), allowing her direct articulation with the Commissioner of Education.  Whitson says, “Before an

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