“I wanted to become part of the elections family,” she explained, noting she answers to both the county’s election board and Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
The Moore County Board of Elections is composed of five members including two members from each major political party. The governor appoints the chair of each county board.
The local board will interview candidates for the Elections Director job and make their recommendation to the State Board of Elections. The final decision on Clendenin’s replacement is in the hands of state officials.
“But there comes a time and I feel that time has come,” she told The Pilot this week.
A Moore County native, Clendenin is well-known for her talents outside the elections office including music, she’s the choir director for West End United Methodist Church, and her culinary skills.
Some years back, disappointed by what county leaders were served at catered meetings, she began offering her own services.
“Cooking has always been a hobby of mine. I said to the county commissioners that I’d like to cook for you all. They’ve enjoyed it so much,” recalling that her pound cake has been a particular favorite.
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