CRAIG COUNTY – The first man to file required paperwork for the Craig County Circuit Court Clerk’s job was Bill “Billy” Frazier, who filed in May. He and six others are running to fill the five years remaining of retired Clerk Peggy Bostic’s eight-year term.
Other candidates are current Clerk Sharon Braden who was deputy clerk before Bostic retired Dec. 31; and Trevor Craddock who filed his paperwork with the registrar’s office in June, Sonja C. Jones, Sharon Oliver, Danielle Snider and Betty H. Wolfe.
Frazier is the full-time minister of the Forks of John’s Creek Christian Church and a 1980 graduate of New Castle High School. He attended Ferrum College for a year before working at Mohawk Rubber Co., now known as Yokohama Tire in Salem.
He is a 1992 graduate of Kentucky Christian College, with a degree in Christian Ministry, and said he took classes in finance as well as accounting and other management courses while at KCC, where he was a Campus Security Officer.
For 10 years he was a youth minister for the Middleport Church of Christ in Middleport, Ohio, where he organized youth choirs, teen groups and mission trips to many states and other countries. Frazier pointed out the church grew to an average attendance of more than 300 while he was there. His church duties included record keeping and administrative responsibilities such as budget, finance, giving, attendance and management of staff.
He returned to New Castle in 2002 after the death of his mother-in-law, Martha McCaleb, and taught middle school civics and English for Craig County Schools for two years before becoming the minister of the Forks of John’s Creek Christian Church.
Frazier is married to Craig County native Missy McCaleb Frazier, who taught first grade at McCleary Elementary School for the past eight years and will assume the Title I Reading position at McCleary in the fall.
They have two children, Ryan Frazier, 24, and Brittany Jane Frazier, 18. Ryan graduated from Averett University, is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is the assistant men’s basketball coach.
Brittany is a recent Craig County High School graduate who will attend Virginia Western Community College this fall to pursue a career in the dental field. She currently is employed at Market Street Pharmacy.
He said he plans to run his campaign on honesty and integrity “while truly being a servant of the people.” He added if elected, he would “operate an office that is both professional and welcoming to its citizens.”
Frazier pledged to uphold the highest quality of leadership for the citizens of Craig County.
He said after talking with four of the area’s Clerks of Court, he understands the many facets of the job and its many responsibilities.
He added that he talked with the person who trains the elected clerks and is prepared to take on these challenges and serve the people of Craig County if given the opportunity.
Frazier said he loves Craig County and has served in various community activities. He coached baseball, basketball, football and golf for the high school as well as recreational league coach for many years. Other areas of community service are with the Fairgrounds Association and ministers’ association, as well as helping with many service projects that benefit Craig County residents.
The clerk’s position has an annual salary of $73,304 as set by the Virginia Compensation Board. Prospective candidates have until Aug. 13 to file papers with the registrar’s office.