Politics & Government

Clerk-recorder: Tommy Gong, Amanda King headed to runoff

Tommy Gong, 48, and Amanda King, 31, will face off in November for the county clerk-recorder position.

The two candidates ended Tuesday’s primary with close results: Gong with 45.4 percent, and King with 43.8 percent. They beat Ann Danko, who had 10.6 percent of the votes.

Whoever wins in November will replace Julie Rodewald, who plans to retire Jan. 5, the end of her term. She has held the position since 1994.

Gong and King are veterans in the county Clerk-Recorder’s Office.

Gong has been the second-in-command for the past nine years, overseeing administrative duties including the budget, special projects and the implementation of software.

King, a deputy clerk, has worked there for eight years. She said she was inspired by the chance to serve the public in a nonpartisan office. During an interview with The Tribune editorial board, she said she thought the clerk-recorder should be appointed by the county Board of Supervisors.

The clerk-recorder oversees 22 employees in an office with an annual operating budget of $3.1 million. Up to $2.8 million of that is reimbursed by cities, schools and special districts for the November general election. The position pays $135,657, plus benefits.

The office is responsible for running all elections in the county and maintaining voter registration records; filing vital records such as birth, death and marriage certificates; filing fictitious business name statements; and maintaining other official records, such as property deeds.

The office also issues marriage licenses, performs wedding ceremonies and maintains the records of the Board of Supervisors.