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Chancery clerk race heats up in Harrison County

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Mississippi is gearing up for county and state elections. Party primaries are scheduled for August 4 with the general election coming up in November.

In Harrison County, one of the important races is for Chancery Clerk. The office performs significant duties ranging from being the county's primary record keeper to preparing payroll for county departments.

John McAdams was elected as Chancery Clerk in 1996. He says under his watch the clerk's office has undergone technological changes, streamlining county government.

"We've transformed the way we do business. It's more efficient. There's more accessibility for the public. There's a lot of information we can get out there in a different format," said McAdams.

Brian Carriere is a former Gulfport city councilman and currently a professor at Gulf Coast Community College. He's challenging McAdams in the GOP primary for Chancery Clerk because he thinks it's time for a change.

"Sometimes you just need a new set of eyes to look at the books and the way things operate. Sometimes we get used to a pattern and that's not always the most appropriate way," Carriere said.

But McAdams says that experience is an asset. He thinks the office is heading in the right direction.

"Why wreck the ship? The ship is on a good course," according to McAdams.

Carriere countered the experience question.

"I'm about the same age as he was when he was elected, so I can handle this job. My background is in research. I have master's degrees in history and political science. Those are two of the most research oriented degrees you can get," said the challenger.

No other candidates have qualified to run in the general election for Chancery Clerk in Harrison County, so it's winner take all in the August GOP primary.

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