By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Kara Thompson, 47, a second generation Conrad resident is running for re-election to the position of Pondera County Clerk of District Court, a position she has held for seven years.
The incumbent office holder first ran for office, opposed in 2006 and in 2008. Now she is running for the third time, opposed on the same ticket.
She tells the I-O, “I sincerely appreciated the support from voters in my past re-elections.”
Thompson graduated from Conrad High School in 1983 and went on to attend the Montana State University College of Technology and graduated with honors from Colorado Technical University with a Paralegal Degree in 2010.
She received Clerk certification in 2009 and has attended clerk association education sessions, district meetings and conventions; and remains current with case management program training.
Thompson has received training from the U.S. Marshals Service and Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association on courtroom security and is the recipient of a certificate from the State of Montana Supreme Court Commission on Self-Represented Litigants.
She is a member of the Montana Association of Clerks and District Court serving on the legislative committee and previously served by the by-laws and resolution committees, executive board and District #2 Chair; appointed by the Montana Supreme Court serving on the court automation advisory committee; member of the Montana Association of Legal Assistants serving as the Librarian.
She is also a member of the State Bar Paralegal Section serving on the law-related education committee; serves on the Ninth Judicial District Front Range CASA/GAL board of directors; member of the National Notary Association; serves on the Pondera County Safety Committee; and is a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Branch 7655 serving as a trustee and publicity chairman.
Her leisure-time interests include spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, research, enjoying time across the mountains and music, for which she serves as a church organist and pianist.
Thompson says, “I am grateful and honored to hold the position and be a representative of this great county. I enjoy serving the public in this capacity.”
She went on to add, “I have a strong passion for the position and the legal field, as I like the work and daily challenge. I value the office retraining ethics, confidentiality, and knowledge at an optimal level.”
Asked about her qualifications that will make her an effective office holder, Thompson stated, “I possess extensive knowledge, up-to-date training and experience applicable and vital to the position for which I apply.”
She went on to add, “I have knowledge of the law. I have in-depth job experience since I have a background fulfilling the complete duties working in the Clerk of District Court’s office, and I have a strong priority to confidentiality.”
Thompson runs her office in a professional and courteous manner with constant serious attention to ethics and integrity along with incorporating all those standards while serving the public.
She feels the public deserves to be protected with those standards being upheld in the highest regard.
“I follow and respect the laws and statues of the State of Montana both on and off the job. I believe in the importance of access to justice, jury duty and the Judicial Branch of Government.”
Thompson has 15 years of legal experience, has been a Notary Public for 18 years and has 30 years of business experience as well as being employed by the county since 2000. She has also performed paralegal volunteer work.
“I remain current with the ever-changing court rules and filing standards,” she said. Adding, “I desire to continue to provide the best possible service for Pondera County as the Clerk of District Court. In this capacity I have directly worked with judges, attorneys and their staff, law enforcement, state departments, other elected officials and county employees locally, statewide and throughout the U.S. obtaining and establishing successful working relationships.”
Thompson stressed that the Clerk of District Court’s office deals with serious legal matters on a daily basis and therefore it is extremely important and vital to have the applicable background, knowledge, and ethics sustained.
Her family consists of a son Craig and his wife Erin; and she has a daughter, Brooke.
If you have questions or want more information, Thompson can be reached at 278-3900 and also encourages visitors to her website at www.ElectKaraThompson.com .