Vitalis will work to promote disability access rules for all polling places in Jefferson County and encourage high school students to sign up to work as poll workers across the county. He will work to create a high school and college County Clerk internship and fellowship program for Jefferson County students and encourage culture transparency, accessibility, and democratic engagement in Jefferson County through effective use of technology.
As reported by the Courier Journal in 2006, Bobbie Holsclaw has also continued to require Jefferson County Clerk employees to reapply for their own jobs and fires some at will. This practice does not only demean employees but also subjects these hardworking citizens to political retribution. As Jefferson County Clerk, Vitalis will not only stop this practice but also empower employees to collectively determine the future and direction of the County Clerk’s office.
Every elected official has a sacred obligation to work tirelessly to positively enhance the quality of life of citizens. However, many citizens perceive the County Clerk’s office as administrative and bureaucratic, and as a result, party does not matter. I believe this is a myopic perception of the enormous role that the County Clerk plays in each of our lives. The Jefferson County Clerk in particular is in a position to advocate for technology and policy improvements at the local and state level that will enhance the citizen’s quality of life, save people time, make life easier, save money, and enhance the social justice and our participation in the democratic process.