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franklin county times

Candidate seeks circuit clerk position

Derrick Scott has qualified to seek election for the office of Franklin County Circuit Clerk, a vacancy created when Anita Scott decided not to seek a fourth term.

Scott has been married to Lorie Garrison Scott for 23 years. They have one daughter, Chloe.

His parents are Sylvester and Anita Scott. He is a lifelong resident of Franklin County, serves as a deacon at Pleasant Hill Church and is a member of East Franklin Volunteer Fire Department. He drives a school bus for the Franklin County School system and is a member of the Cattlemen’s Association.
Scott is a self-employed backhoe operator. He has owned and operated Scott Grave Service since 2006.

Scott said he has two reasons for wanting to be circuit clerk.

“I had a bad motorcycle wreck in 2018 that resulted in seven broken bones and over 60 stitches. My bike was totaled. There’s no doubt God was watching over me, or I would not be here today,” he explained.

“I’ve had several surgeries since the wreck, but still have daily pain. I really enjoy my grave service because I get to help people in their time of need, but I don’t think my body is going to hold out much longer to do the physical requirement of operating heavy equipment every day.”

Scott said when his mother decided not to run for re-election, he immediately began thinking about the possibility of seeking the position.

“I’ve heard her talk about the personal fulfillment of serving in public office,” he continued. “I could be a little prejudiced, but I think Mom is a great circuit clerk. Being honest and helpful comes naturally to her. I’ve been told I am a lot like her. I take that as a compliment. I know there will be lots to learn, but I’m ready. Thankfully, there is a very competent staff (and mom) to teach me. I am a people person, so I would love to be in an office that has so much interaction with the public. Also, I know I would still be helping people. That matters to me.”

Scott said that if he is elected, he will “work hard to be a clerk that Franklin County citizens can be proud of.”

“I want to continue the legacy of an efficient, friendly office with a circuit clerk that serves with kindness and integrity. I humbly ask for your vote and support on March 5.”