Brenda Hamilton, longtime clerk of Roanoke’s Circuit Court, will seek a third term this fall, she said Wednesday.
Hamilton’s announcement came at a lunchtime campaign gathering at the Jefferson Center, and a crowd of about 60 people had to be moved from a smaller meeting room into the larger space of the Fralin Atrium.
Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea, Vice Mayor Joe Cobb, Councilwoman Anita Price and Sheriff Tim Allen were among the elected city officials on hand to offer support.
Hamilton, 65, spoke for about 15 minutes, touting the technological advancements that have come about during her tenure, a recent shift from paper to digital filings, and the role circuit courts play within the legal system.
“We are the keeper of the records. Nothing happens without it first flowing through the clerk’s office,” Hamilton told the crowd, adding that it’s her goal to help make that information easily accessible to the public.
“Customer service will always be top priority in my administration,” she said.
Roanoke’s circuit court employs 23 deputy clerks and is responsible for recording deeds, issuing marriage licenses, creating and preserving court records, and deciding probate issues.
Hamilton has worked within the office in some capacity for more than 40 years. She was elected its clerk in late 2003, running as a Democrat, and took office the following January. In 2011, she ran unopposed.
In Virginia, circuit court clerks serve eight-year terms. Roanoke’s position pays an annual minimum of $132,137 and, after commonwealth’s attorney, it is the city’s second-highest paid constitutional position.
On Wednesday, the city’s elections director said no candidates had yet filed paperwork to run.
If a challenger against Hamilton emerges, a primary will be held June 11.
The election is set for Nov. 5.