Jo Wester has announced her candidacy for Crawford County clerk. She has filed as a Republican candidate.

Wester has worked for the Department of Health for 37 years and has served as administrator at the Sebastian County Health Department since September 2003.

“I feel my experience overseeing the budgeting process, record keeping and communications with the Sebastian County judge, city administrator, quorum court and state auditors will help me immensely as county clerk,” she said.

While serving the citizens of the area with the health department, Wester said, “I have led many hometown health improvement projects protecting and improving health and well-being of the citizens of our communities and Arkansas.”

She said her vision and the vision of the department while working there was to achieve optimal health for all Arkansans to achieve maximum personal, economic and social impact.

Wester said she was approached by numerous Crawford County citizens to run for the office of county clerk after she announced her retirement and inquired about a public office.

A native and lifelong resident of Crawford County, Wester was raised in Alma and lives in the county between Alma and Van Buren with her husband Rick. They have three children and 11 grandchildren. She attends House of Praise in Fort Smith where she is very active in outside mission projects.

Wester has served Crawford County as a volunteer for the CASA program for the last eight years under the supervision of Celeste Lewis and BJ Lea and was honored in 2015 with the prestigious award as Crawford Countys “Face of CASA.”

Lewis stated in the Press Argus-Courier article in 2015, “Jo Wester has taken on some of the worst cases imaginable and has had to fight against the system many times for the best interest of the child. She is tenacious and relentless in her voice for justice for the children she serves.”

Wester said she plans to bring the same integrity and hardworking attitude that she has exemplified throughout her career working at the health department and with CASA to the Crawford County clerk’s office.

“I would be honored to serve all the citizens of Crawford County and ask for your support in the May 22 Republican primary,” she said.