Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

A third candidate has joined the race to replace Tami Green as Baker County Clerk.

Lara Petitclerc of Baker City has filed as a candidate for the nonpartisan position.

She joins Marcy Osborn and Cindy Carpenter as candidates in the May 20 primary.

Green announced in early February that she won't seek re-election to a fourth term when her current term expires at the end of 2014.

The top two vote-getters in the May primary will advance to the November general election.

The deadline to file as a candidate is March 11.

Prospective candidates can file either by submitting a petition with at least 73 valid signatures from Baker County voters, or by filing a $50 fee.

To be eligible as a candidate, you must be a registered voter who has lived in Baker County for at least one year prior to the May 20 primary.

More information is available by calling the Clerk's office at 541-523-8207.

Petitclerc, in a press release announcing her candidacy, said she has a master's degree in library and information sciences from the University of Washington and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Boise State University.

She works as a management analyst II at Eastern Oregon University, a job, she said, that "has given me the experience of managing budgets, working with Oregon legislative staff, and providing executive assistance to the EOU Foundation."

Petitclerc also coordinates the annual Oregon State Employees Charitable Fund Drive for the institution.

If elected, Petitclerc said, "I will wholeheartedly dedicate myself to this profession and continue Tami Green's legacy of making sure the Clerk's office records are properly cared for, preserved digitally and made accessible to the public with modern technology."

"Ever since my arrival in Baker County seven years ago, it has been my hope that I would have an opportunity to serve the people of Baker County," Petitclerc said. "My family has a strong history of civil service, working in firefighting and law enforcement. With Tami leaving gigantic shoes for someone to fill, I see this as a rare occasion to step forward and put my organizational skills and training to work as a positive steward of this office."

Petitclerc graduated from Twin Falls High School, managed a coffee shop in Boise and spent four years teaching English as a Second Language in Japan for the JET Program along with her husband, Perry Stokes, who is the Baker County Library director.

Since moving to Baker City Petitclerc, while earning her master's degree, worked as executive assistant at the Geiser Grand Hotel, and she volunteers for the Baker County Friends of the Library.

"I recognize this position requires fair-mindedness, confidentiality and a strong knowledge of the law," she said. "These are at the core of library sciences. I will bring my skills of being able to store information, provide research and convenient access to information and resources for the public good."