Lucretia Houts served almost 30 years as Trenton's elected city clerk before retiring earlier this year. Now she has announced her candidacy for the fire/utilities commissioner slot on the city commission in the upcoming November 5 city election.
That office is currently occupied by Jerry Henegar, who has announced he will not seek reelection.
Ms. Houts had the distinction of being the last elected city clerk in Georgia, a situation the Trenton City Commission in 2017 quietly petitioned the Georgia Legislature to terminate after closed-door discussions in executive sessions. Ms. Houts stayed on in the job another year after the mayor and city commissioners effectively brought it under their control but retired Feb. 27 of this year.
Asked if she felt welcome on the commission given that history, Ms. Houts said, "I hope so. If not, well, I'll just be me."
But The Planet will forthwith shut up and let Ms. Houts "just be her." Here is her announcement, in her own words:
I am a lifelong resident of Trenton. I have one son, Brad Buchanan, who is employed with Catoosa County Fire Department, and two grandchildren. I recently retired after serving 29 years as the clerk for the City of Trenton. I was elected to this position in January 1990 and remained in office till February of the current year.
During my years serving as the City Clerk, I conducted administration duties such as payroll, record-keeping and budgets. I also worked as an employee for the citizens of Trenton. I feel this has given me the opportunity to learn viewpoints from each side, the taxpayer, as well as the employees.
I am asking for your support and vote, the residents of the City of Trenton, in the upcoming November election. If elected, I pledge to remain humble and honored to discharge the duties of Fire and Utilities Commissioner to the best of my ability.