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.
A local educator and former paralympian is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge longtime Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in next year’s election.
Vitalis Lanshima was born in Nigeria and emigrated to the U.S. in 2002 as a student-athlete at Bellarmine University.
He announced his intentions to run Monday, and is the first declared challenger in the clerk’s race against Holsclaw, who is a Republican.
Lanshima says the county needs a clerk who will be more vocal on voting rights and other civic issues.
"The county clerk is supposed to be the chief civic advocate for this community. And we have issues that have to deal with voter disenfranchisement," he says.