Yates vs. Blissett: A look at Warren County Clerk candidates


Bailey Reed, SGA reporter

Lynette Yates and Johnnie Blissett III are running for Warren County Clerk in November’s general election.

Yates currently holds the position of county clerk and represents the Republican party, whereas Blissett is the Democratic candidate.

A county clerk handles driver licenses, record upkeep, filing deeds, mortgages and even marriage licenses. Everything goes through them, but the majority of their work is centered around keeping records in all of these circumstances.

“My goal is to provide exemplary customer service to all residents in Warren County,” Blissett said. “With my years of management experience and the knowledgeable staff we will make a visit to the clerk’s office less stressful.” 

Blissett hasn’t held office before, but says it is important for him to “because I want to bring positive change to Warren County.”

Blissett is passionate about making voting available and convenient for the residents of Warren County. Additionally, Blissett wants to encourage young changemakers. 

“To young changemakers, have faith in your abilities. Always keep positive thoughts and attitude, stay strong in your faith and beliefs. Listen to advice and be respectful.”

Yates is passionate about restoration of the records in Warren County. 

“We have several different records and the restoration of those books is very important,” Yates said.

Yates also shared advice for young changemakers, saying “Get involved, and volunteer!” 

In his closing remarks, Blissett chose to express his gratitude to all the people he has met on his campaign.

“I regret not being able to ask each and every citizen in Warren County for their vote,” Blissett said. “I have met so many friendly and wonderful people during my campaign, and I look forward to meeting many more. Please vote!” 

Yates finished out her remarks encouraging students to get involved in their “new” community.

“I’d love to see more students from Western involved in the community because with this being a college town, a lot of them may decide to stay here,” Yates said.

Yates can be reached at [email protected] and Blissett can be reached at [email protected]

SGA reporter Bailey Reed can be reached at [email protected].