Critchfield throws hat in ring for Jasper County Recorder

The race to replace outgoing Jasper County Recorder Nancy Parrott has a new candidate: Marshall Critchfield.

Critchfield is the current chairman of the Jasper County Republicans and formally announced his candidacy during his organization’s meeting on Monday night.

“I feel like I would do a really good job at it,” Critchfield told a crowd that was mixed between supporters and Republican candidates and representatives from various offices.

In an interview after the meeting, Critchfield explained why he thinks he would do a good job and what interested him in joining the race.

“The reason I think I’d be a good fit is because I have a great interest in history and the idea of being the county archvist is very appealing to me,” Critchfield said. “History was my major in college, and I like the idea of being at the head of the county repository.”

Critchfield is originally from Florida and received his bachelor’s in history from Florida Atlantic University and master’s of business administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is currently employed by Wells Fargo. He is a married father of two girls and resides in Newton.

He also said he is excited about the prospect of working in the Jasper County Courthouse, if elected, because of his deep affinity for history and hopes to represent the citizens of the county.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Critchfield said. “This is my first election for any office and Newton has been great to us. This is where we are raising our children and I would be honored to go to work every day in the courthouse.”

Denise Allan, a current deputy recorder for the county, is also running for the role of Jasper County Recorder and announced her intentions to run in early February.

Senior staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.