Two women with experience in the Horry County Probate Judge’s office are vying for the judge’s seat in the upcoming Republican primary election on June 10.
Both women have spent considerable time working in the countywide probate judge office.
Deirdre Edmonds is the incumbent and has served for three previous terms. Her challenger, Kathy Ward, has more than 30 years of service including 24 years as an associate probate judge.
The women each said they plan to continue to offer compassion to families who must call on them after a loved one has died to deal with their will or estate, or other issues involving the issuance of marriage licenses, involuntary commitments and dealings of people who are incapacitated or underage.
“The probate court is the closest court to the people and everyone will need the services of the probate court at some point in your lives,” Ward said in her brief comments. “However, most people are unaware of the importance of the probate court until a crisis occurs.”
In addition to dealing with county residents during their time of need, Edmonds said the next probate judge will have to deal with an increasing caseload and storage of those growing records.
Edmonds also said probate judge employees must be responsive to the aging population and she proposes to implement a Volunteer Guardianship Monitoring Program to assist families of an elderly family member.
“A big challenge faced by all elected officials who oversee a county government office is to make their office as productive as possible within the confines of budgetary allowances without being a burden on the taxpayers while at the same time providing excellent customer service,” Edmonds said. “Under my direction, the Horry County Probate Court will continue to implement the use of technology to perform our functions, assist the public who must rely upon the services of the probate court, maximize productivity, and streamline the probate process while saving tax dollars.”
There are no Democrats vying for this seat.
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