Shannon Deckard announces that she is running as an Independent candidate for the office of Van Buren County clerk. She has been a resident of Van Buren County for 20 years and has two children, Kristen Gage, 24, of El Dorado, and Mitchell McNeill, 15, of Clinton.

Deckard is employed with The Blagg Law Firm and has a combined 17 years of experience in the legal field. She has several years of experience in bookkeeping and payroll which will benefit her qualifications for this position.

Deckard also served as Van Buren County justice of the peace, District 9, for two terms and served on the budget committee for three years.

Deckard would like the voters to know that her work experience and determination will be beneficial to this office.

"I will work honestly, diligently and efficiently as your county clerk," Deckard vows.

All Independent candidates will appear on the ballot in the General Election on Nov. 4, 2014.