On Nov. 19, Kelly Clark Ashmore officially filed for re-election to the office of Grayson County district clerk in the 2014 Republican Primary election. She was elected in 2009 and was appointed to the office by the Grayson County Commissioners Court three months before her elected term began when the former district clerk resigned.

On Nov. 19, Kelly Clark Ashmore officially filed for re-election to the office of Grayson County district clerk in the 2014 Republican Primary election. She was elected in 2009 and was appointed to the office by the Grayson County Commissioners Court three months before her elected term began when the former district clerk resigned.


"I am honored to have served as district clerk and look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Grayson County. I am very appreciative of the broad support I have received from all over the county," Ashmore said in a written statement.


As promised in her 2009 campaign, Ashmore has made improvements in the office to provide a citizen-friendly environment. Office hours have been extended, and the office remains open during lunch. Ashmore noted, "Many busy people have to do their business and errands during their lunch hour."


A system of "e-filing" has been implemented to permit digital filing of papers in civil cases as a step toward the District Clerk’s Office becoming paperless. Ashmore believes this will be a more efficient system and save tax dollars on storage costs. Changes have been made to the jury summoning process that is more inclusive of a greater number of citizens. Personnel turnover has been reduced, and a teamwork approach of cooperating with other county offices has been implemented and stressed.


Ashmore has also expanded the processing of U.S. passports, a service of the District Clerk’s Office not required by law, but one that Ashmore believes is important as a convenience to the citizens of Grayson County. This program has been so popular that in the last two years almost 2,400 passport applications were processed bringing in more than $50,000 to the county coffers in 2013.


Ashmore has also remained involved in other areas. "It is important to give back to your community and help support worthwhile projects," she said. Ashmore has been active in the Sherman Chamber of Commerce for years serving as chairman of the Chamber Board from 2011-2012. She currently is president of the Child and Family Guidance Center Board, is active in the Sherman Service League and serves on the Goodwill Board. She will also serve as vice president of the Republican Women next year.


Ashmore is a graduate of Whitesboro High School and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Prior to becoming district clerk, Ashmore operated her own business and later became involved in the justice system as a legal assistant and a victim’s advocate. Her prior management experience includes seven years as a program manager for Choctaw Management Services Enterprise in San Antonio, where she oversaw a budget of $1.5 million and hired and managed 350 employees on military installations across the U.S.


Ashmore is the mother of two sons, Clark and Kyle, and is married to Kerye Ashmore. They are active members of the Western Heights Church of Christ and reside in Sherman.