November 7, 2012

Flood edges out incumbent Reed

Victor Miller

— Republican challenger Donna Flood defeated Democratic incumbent Connie Gallman Reed Tuesday night for Murray County clerk of Superior Court.

In unofficial results, Flood received 5,847 votes (53.05 percent) to 5,174 votes (46.95 percent) for Reed.

“I am so excited,” Flood said late Tuesday night. “I want to thank everybody who helped me, voted for me, supported me and put their faith in me. I’m ready to get to work.”

This was Flood’s first race for elected office. She previously said she decided to run because “I care about our community and our residents. I feel that I would do a great job in that position and I feel that I can help our community out.”

Flood works as an on-call nurse at Murray Medical Center and has worked at Shaw Industries for 24 years. She said she will have to turn in her notice at Shaw and talk to her employers at Murray Medical Center.

Asked why she thought she won, she said, “I think everybody was ready for a change.”

Flood is a lifelong resident of Murray County and graduated from Murray County High School in 1988. She has been attending Dalton State College part time since 2008, working toward a bachelor’s degree in management. She has an adult son and is a member of Victory Baptist Church in Dalton.

Reed could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. During the campaign, she said she had focused on making the clerk’s office more “digital, accessible and convenient.” She said her second term would focus on continuing to improve technology and “preparing for the future,” in particular eFiling, an online service that allows attorneys to file paperwork electronically. She said she had a record of upgrading the office’s computer system.

Reed is a Murray County native with 19 years in the clerk’s office. She started as a court reporter and became the clerk of Magistrate Court in 1996. She was elected as Superior Court clerk in 2008 when then-clerk Loreine Matthews retired.