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Melissa Brown enters race for Seneca County Clerk

Seneca Falls resident Melissa Brown has declared her candidacy for the position of county clerk, joining the growing list of Democrats running for office in Seneca County this year.

Brown, 35, is a nine-year veteran of county employment. She graduated from Finger Lakes Community College with concentrations in fine arts, biology and biotechnology and from SUNY Potsdam in studio arts.

Brown is a member of the Seneca County Democratic Committee and chairwoman of its Fundraising Committee, she currently serves on the Seneca Falls Planning Board and on the Board of Trustees of the Seneca Falls Historical Society.

The county clerk has wide ranging responsibilities as the custodian of the official civil and criminal records on file in the country offices and as the chief recording officer and custodian of the county’s public land records. In practice, this means everything from business certificates and deeds and liens to passport applications, pistol permits, and veterans’ discharges. “I have always enjoyed working on the service end of things,” Brown said. “This will be a great opportunity to broaden my responsibilities and serve a broader population.”

Republican Christina Lotz, has held the position of County Clerk for a number of years, and ran unopposed in her last successful bid for the office.