I have been a resident of Latah County since I came to college at the U of I in 1989. I met my husband, James Fry, at U of I and earned my B.S. Accounting degree in 1995. I was the Troy Deputy Clerk and Interim City Clerk in 1996/1997. I left the City of Troy job to be a stay-at-home Mom. I started an accounting business at home and was able to connect with many small businesses in the area. This time in life also enabled me to be involved with a lot of volunteer activities. We raised 4 amazing children who are now 22 – 29. When my youngest child graduated from high school in 2018, I got a full-time job at the City of Moscow as their Treasury Manager. This job has provided me vast knowledge into governmental accounting. What else is there to know about me? I love animals, hiking, landscaping, planning weddings, and most of all just being with my family.
The motto of my business for the last 25 years has been, “Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” The first step to making people feel valued is to be kind, second is to listen, and the third is to solve the issue promptly with follow up. Government is funded by the people and so it should be focused around serving the needs of the people. As your next County Clerk, I will instill a culture of excellent customer service that will be delivered in the areas of the county’s payroll, management of accounts receivables and payables, preparation of the county’s annual budget, voter registration, organization of county, state and national elections, and lastly recording of documents associated with property, marriage license applications, and U.S. Passports.
The right to vote in a free and fair election is the most basic civil right. People want to be assured that their vote matters and we that we have a system in place to verify one-citizen, one-vote. Voting is how we guarantee that government remains of the people, by the people, and for the people. In order to keep the trust in our election system we need to have a completely transparent election process from start to finish in which fraud can be easily detected. Americans need and deserve a system in which it is easy to vote and hard to cheat. The voter rolls must also be cleaned and purged regularly so that illegitimate voters do not cancel out valid voters.
Elections should only be funded by taxpayer funds. Outside grants should never be taken, even if the intention seems good, since it could give the impression of impartiality.
I would like to implement voter education in partnership with senior government classes throughout our county. It is important for our upcoming new voters to understand the value of their vote and also how to register to vote, changing a voter registration when moving, or how to vote absentee when away.
Government is financed by taxing its citizens, so therefore, I support true government transparency that allows the public to review all government collections, expenditures, contracts, budgets, and audits online. I believe the size and cost of government should be reduced. The government needs to to be able to provide the best service using the least amount of resources as possible. I would like to implement the OpenGov Platform for Latah County. This platform is simple to understand, would help with the budget process, and improve the accounting system. The City of Lewiston and the State of Idaho use OpenGov if you would like to look at this platform more in depth.
Why are you seeking the elected office of the Clerk of the District Court?
The Clerk has the privilege of hiring as many deputies as necessary for the prompt discharge of your many duties. What criteria will you use to determine who to hire?
Describe your qualifications for this multifaceted position.
What will be the most challenging part of this job?
If elected, what is your plan to prioritize work and build a cohesive team among staff to serve Latah residents?
Would you support representatives from local political parties being present during the calibration process of the tabulating machines?
What is your vision and approach to enhancing election integrity and transparency?
Provide two examples of election fraud which occurred anywhere in the United States during the last 4 years?
Describe your approach to developing a county budget and maintain county records.