Name: Megan LeRoux
Political party: Democrat
Where you live: Frederick
Current occupation and employers (may also list up to two previous jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: I am currently a victim advocate/paralegal for survivors of domestic violence at Heartly House, a nonprofit that provides free legal services to Frederick County citizens. I assist survivors in navigating the legal system at court hearings to obtain protective orders to ensure their safety. Previously, I was a deputy clerk in both Montgomery and Frederick counties, having served in both circuit and district courts.
Political experience (public offices held and when; as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years; do not include political party positions): I was the Democratic candidate for clerk of the circuit court in 2018.
1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)
It’s time for new leadership at the clerk’s office. Citizens are entitled to access justice and a clerk who will take an active role in the office. Cases filed in January 2022 are set for trial in 2024. Can you imagine a parent waiting for a child support hearing for two years? Local attorneys do not understand why technology, such as remote hearings, aren't being utilized to speed up cases. Justice delayed is justice denied.
2 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)
I have over 20 years’ experience in the legal profession. I worked as a deputy clerk and processed divorce, custody, child support cases. I was a courtroom clerk for every type of case: criminal jury trials, juvenile hearings, bond reviews, etc. I hold a bachelor’s degree in legal studies. I earned the Institute for Court Management (ICM) 4-year certification and was accepted into the highly-selective ICM Fellows Diploma program. I worked at the clerk of the circuit court office in both Frederick and Montgomery counties, as well as District Court in Frederick County.
3 – Are there any important issues, other than qualifications, that voters should consider? (100 words)
Work ethic and term limits are important issues. The incumbent and I differ as to work ethic. I believe that physical presence of a leader in the office makes a difference. When an additional 40 hours are added, work product increases. Staff morale improves when a role model is present to set a positive example.
Young voters were not even born when the incumbent was first elected in 1998. The incumbent has been in office for 24 years and is asking for more. I suggest it is time for fresh new leadership in the clerk’s office.