11:59 a.m. - Lowell Younce is the candidate that is running against current Clerk of Superior Court Wanda Howell in Tuesday’s Republican Primary Election.
Younce has served on the Watauga County School Board for the past decade and he believes that his work in the school board has prepared him to step into the Clerk of Superior Courts role. He said, “I’m sure going in there brand new I would not understand everything, but as I did when I ran for school board, I did my homework and I found out the duties and responsibilities of what you’re supposed to do. I think I’m a fast learner.”
Younce said if elected, he would work to bring honesty and integrity to the position as well as making it easier to communicate between different agencies regardless of political affiliation.
Younce said, “That’s what I plan on doing, is restoring that feeling that you can get treated the same if you go in there with the purpose of being served by the Clerk of Court, no matter what reason it is, that you’re going to have a good, courteous, effective, confident staff working with you. I think in being the Clerk of Courts and being an administrator [you have to] make sure that it happens. I don’t have any problem with the staff there, but I think we can always improve regardless of how well we’re doing.”
Younce said he decided to run four years ago when he learned the former Clerk of Superior Court would soon retire. Younce said he did not expect Glenn Hodges to retire in the middle of a term. He explained, “My main purpose isn’t an ego. I don’t have an axe to grind. I don’t have an agenda. It’s just something I’ve planned for years to do and that’s the type of work I’d love to do in working with different agencies.”
Younce has been involved with several civic organizations including: the Watauga County Board of Education, the Watauga County Planning Board, the Watauga Medical Center Board of Trustees and the Zionville Volunteer Fire Department Fire Tax Committee.
He is the current chair of the Watauga County School Board and is former chair of the Watauga County Planning Board.
Younce was born, raised and still lives in the Mabel / Zionville community. He and his wife, Audrey May, have been married for 39 years. The two have two daughters and one grandson. Younce attended Mabel Elementary, Cove Creek High School, then on to Watauga High. He then attended Appalachian State for three years and studied History and Political Science. Since 1971, Younce has been selling supplemental insurance and farmed.
*Photo courtesy of the Elect Lowell Younce Clerk of Superior Courts Facebook page