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James J. (Jim) MacCallum | Brunswick County Clerk of Courts candidate

Name: James J. (Jim) MacCallum

Age: 64

Address: 404 Cypress Ridge Drive, Bolivia NC 28422

Political affiliation: Republican

Occupation: Attorney

Family: wife Sue; children Chris, Katie and J.C.; grandchild Jordan

Military experience: U.S. Navy 1968-1972; Vietnam veteran

Civic and political experience: Chairman of the Board of Communities in Schools; Brunswick Community College Foundation; Brunswick Literacy Council; Leadership Brunswick County; South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club; St. Philips Episcopal Church; 13 year member and three- term President of the WV State Board of Education; past President of the WV State Bar; 5 year member American Bar Association House of Delegates; NC State Bar Professionalism Committee.

What is the top issue in your race and how would you address it? The Clerk of the Superior Court is a constitutional office. The top issue is which candidate will most effectively carry out the constitutional and statutory mandates of the position. Specifically, the Clerk must thoroughly research legal issues and provide rulings based on facts and law. My 33 years as a lawyer and my leadership in bar-related activities speak to my ability to serve most effectively in this capacity. What in your experience has most prepared you for this office? Why? My law practice has included trial work, real estate, adoptions and estate work, all critical areas within the Clerk’s office. I’ve been a lawyer-leader at the national, state and local levels. As a financial manager I’ve worked with multi-billion dollar budgets. Having tried, settled and resolved thousands of lawsuits I’m familiar with the workings of courts and the need, as Clerk, to make Brunswick County taxpayers my new clients.

How do you gauge the will of the people? At the state and national levels, this broad term refers to the application of our procedural rules and how we retain respect for our governmental institutions. For this position, NC statutes define the duties or “will of the people”. Informally, the Clerk of Court will know the pulse of the people by being a good listener, accessible to the public and active in the community.