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Rivera to run for county clerk

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By David Giuliani

Melanie Y. Rivera, who has worked in the county clerk’s office for 13 years, is running for the top job.

Rivera, the supervisor of the county clerk’s Bureau of Elections, announced her intentions on Wednesday. She will run as a Democrat.

Rivera praised the service of Paul Maez, a Democrat who has served as county clerk for the last eight years.

“A lot of things have happened since Paul has been clerk,” she said.

He can’t run again be-cause state law bars county elected officials from serving more than eight years at a time.

Rivera noted that she has experience in all the areas of the county clerk’s office — recording, filing and elections.

“I feel that I’m a highly qualified person for county clerk,” she said.

With all the changes in election laws in recent times, it’s important the next county clerk is experienced, she said.

“It will be hard to come in here blind because of all the changes,” Rivera said.

The county created the Bureau of Elections in the last year, as is happening with most counties in the state. Rivera was the first person to serve as its supervisor.

Rivera is the first to announce for the county clerk’s post.

Filing day for the county clerk’s post and other state and county offices is March 18.