On Tuesday, Jefferson County Clerk Shawndra Taggart announced that she is running for re-election. Taggart was sworn in January of this year as Jefferson County's 39th County Clerk and one of the state's youngest. Under her leadership, the County Clerk's Office has made many improvements to serve the citizens of Jefferson County, according to a news release.

She issued the following statement:

“I am humbled to announce my re-election bid to a second term as your Jefferson County Clerk. In less than six months, our office has made consistent progress. We have successfully worked to help make the voting process more accessible to individuals with disabilities. In addition, I'm happy to announce that roughly ninety (90) percent of all county employees are set up on our direct deposit system which saves tax-payer dollars and we've implemented Contexte, a case management program which serves as the foundation for distributing complete, correct, and timely court information with other agencies .

“Lastly, our community outreach efforts have nearly tripled. When I ran in 2015, I promised to serve with the utmost integrity and to make you proud. Because of your prayers and support, I am Clerk and I'm asking for your support of my re-election.”

Taggart has over a decade of experience working with county government. Prior to being elected county clerk, Taggart served as chief deputy, senior deputy and deputy clerk. As chief deputy, Taggart was responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the office and supervising a team of eight employees. In addition, she has managed a county-wide insurance plan for more than 400 hundred employees and maintained the accounts payable and receivables.

Taggart is also involved in her community. She served as a mentor for at risk girls in the Juvenile County Justice System. She is a subscribing life member of the NAACP and a former member of Junior League of Pine Bluff. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Pine Bluff and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Taggart is a 1998 graduate of Pine Bluff High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She received her master's degree in human resources management from Webster University and will obtain her master's degree in business administration in 2018.

She is a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as supervisor for the youth department and is a member of the marriage ministry. Taggart is a devoted wife to Maurice Taggart and mother to Justice and Madison Taggart, college and high school sophomore's respectively. She is the daughter of Elvis and Alberta Johnson.

Contact: Maurice Taggart mauricetaggart@gmail.com or 870.489.8968.