HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – Harris County has a new County Clerk and Chief Election Officer. Dr. Diane Trautman took the Oath of Office early Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, 2019 replacing Stan Stanart.
Dr. Trautman, the first representative of the Democratic Party to hold the position in over two decades, is a native Houstonian with experience in the public and private sector and the first County Clerk to hold a doctoral degree. She has pledged to inaugurate a new voting era by conducting transparent, trustworthy, efficient and secure elections that ensure every citizen has equal access to the voting process. The County Clerk’s website has already been updated to reflect the change in leadership at the clerk’s office.
“By building a voting infrastructure that is simpler to navigate and more convenient and working with stakeholders to enhance voter education efforts in all communities, we will empower more voters to exercise their most sacred right as Americans,” asserted Dr. Trautman.“Together, we will work to increase voter confidence and make Harris County a national leader in elections.”
As County Clerk, Dr. Trautman’s responsibilities will also include maintaining the records of Commissioners Court, the Probate Courts, and the County Civil Courts at Law, as well as recording vital documents such as property records, marriage licenses, assumed name certificates, birth records, death records, and notices of government meetings.
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Trautman has also served as an At-Large, Countywide board member on the Harris County Board of Education.
“While on the board, she supported federal grants that maximized local tax dollars resulting in savings for the school districts and the taxpayers. Along with the rest of the board, she was successful in reducing HCDE property taxes for the last four years of her term,” the County Clerk’s website says.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve the public and I am committed to working vigorously to make sure all individuals are served well by their government,” Trautman said.