Callie Watts Manning of Alvord announced Monday that she will run for district clerk for the 271st Judicial District of Wise County.
She will run in the March 4 Republican primary against incumbent Brenda Rowe.
“The idea of holding public office has always been appealing to me, and it’s been something I’ve thought about since I started working in the legal field.”
Manning has worked at the law firm of Simpson, Boyd and Powers for 13 years. As office manager, she oversees four to five employees and manages the firm’s cases.
“I handle the same documents that are found in the district clerk’s office and hold a lot of the same responsibilities that I would over there,” she said. “Ninety-nine percent of our cases go through the district courts of Texas and other states.”
In her current position, she visits the local district clerk’s office multiple times each week and feels like she has an understanding for how it operates.
“It’s a fantastic office, and the staff is great,” she said.
But her position has given her a unique perspective.
“I know from the outside looking in some things that can make things easier,” she said. She added that she would also research resources that could be made available to help the public through the legal process.
“You can’t give the public advice, but you can have resources there for them,” she said.
If elected, Manning said she would also continue the process of tranferring the paper files to digital format and making them available online. She would also be available in the office to personally answer questions posed by patrons.
Manning is an Alvord High School graduate, and she attended Tarleton State University. She and her husband, David, have two young children, and they own and operate Circle M Water Services.
Manning is president of the Alvord Economic Development Corp. and has been on the United Way of Wise County board for 10 years. She’s also a former Alvord City Council member.
“I’d been considering this for a while, and after lots of talks with my family and many, many prayers, I just decided now was the right time,” she said.