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November 18, 2018

11/5/2018 8:03:00 AM
Clerk working on tech development
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Incumbent Fayrene Wright will be unopposed for the Crawford County Clerk nomination. Wright, 60, is finishing her first term as county clerk and hopes to continue to become more involved in her office's technology and cyber security systems. Like most of society today, Wright's duties and office functions are conducted electronically, which she believes offer a great convenience to taxpayers and customers.

"They can generate additional revenue for the county," Wright said.

All of Wright's systems are backed up both on and off site. She has also ensured firewalls and antivirus programs are kept up to date to protect the aforementioned information. Notification services made available by law enforcement agencies to members of the Illinois Association of County Clerks, and Wright has enrolled in them to help provide better services for her office.

"I have and will continue to pursue the best available resources to protect digital information," Wright said.

Aging electronic equipment in the clerk's office is another issue Wright would like to address. The office's current equipment is about 15 years old and needs to be replaced. Wright has said she has sought creative options to replace the equipment.

"For example payments on leased equipment could be spread over the life of the lease and not require an up front purchase," Wright said. "Equipment costs could be further reduced if legislation allowing voting centers and larger precincts are approved by the State of Illinois."

Wright will also be looking to make improvements to the county's budget. She says that the county revenues are not currently sufficient to cover expenses due to largely to changes in state funding.

"Fees for the County Clerk's office were reviewed last year and on Dec. 1 will increase to the cost of providing service," Wright said.

She added that automation funds are being used to cover the cost of many equipment upgrades, as well as being a part of employee wages when allowable.

"I will continue to look for innovative ways to be a good steward of public monies, while maintaining prompt, efficient and courteous service to the taxpayers," Wright said.

Aside from her term as county clerk, Wright has also served two terms as a Republican precinct committeeman. She is also a member of Crawford County Republican Women, Highland Church of Christ, Crawford County Business Women, the Robinson Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee and Katherine Chapter #637 Order of Eastern Star.

She also participates in the Robinson School District's Lunch Buddy Program and serves as a member of the Illinois State Board of Elections Advisory Council. Recenctly she was elected to serve as President of Zone 1 of the Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders.

In 2000 she was awarded the Working Woman of the Year award by the Crawford County Business Women. She and her husband Freddie have two adult children Jessi in Marion and Jake in South Bend, Ind.

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