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- Age: 31
- Address: 242 E. Main St., Ellsworth, WI 54011
- Website: www.votemeganerwinforpiercecountyclerkofcourt.com
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- Facebook: Megan Erwin for Pierce County Clerk of Court
- Education: Kasson-Mantorville High School, graduated 2005 (High Honors), University of Wisconsin-River Falls, graduated 2010 (High Honors) Double Major: Spanish and International Studies, Paralegal Certificate, 2014
- Family: Fiance-Miguel De Jesus McCormick, Mom Judy Gransee, stepdad Bob Gransee -Mantorville, Minn., Dad Bob Erwin, stepmom Teal, Port Charlotte, Fla., Brother Matt Erwin, Byron, Minn., Step-brothers Nathan, Mark, Bryce Gransee, Kasson, Minn.; step-brother Brandon Driscoll, Byron, Minn., Step-sister Trinity Drugg, Holmen, Nieces/Nephews, 11!
- Occupation: Traffic Clerk, Pierce County Clerk of Court
- Civic involvement: I volunteered this year for the Cheese Curd Festival, they paid $10/per hour, worked and donated that to a local organization of my choice: I donated my hours to Ellsworth FFA and the Ellsworth Library. While studying abroad with the Wisconsin in Scotland program for college I volunteered at a domestic abuse shelter for a research project for Women's Studies I also was a volunteer for two years for Big Brother Big Sister in Kasson, Minn.
Megan Erwin estimates she can knock on about 25 doors an hour while campaigning for Pierce County Clerk of Court.
The Democratic candidate for the position has a 1,000 door knock goal in an effort to beat her opponent Kerry Feuerhelm. It's an effort against what she acknowledges is a well-known name, but hopes her campaign underscores her readiness for the job.
"I've been working directly in that office, being a sponge," Erwin said.
If elected, Erwin said she wants to ensure the office continues to operate seamlessly amid changes in personnel and technology. She said the department uses a new debt-collecting service that she hopes can be utilized to recoup thousands of outstanding debts, and that she would focus on training a new employee to be ready for court work.
"There's really not a training period [for clerk of courts]; when you take office, you start," Erwin said. "I don't claim to know everything ... I know those resources if I need help."
Erwin works under current Clerk of Court Peg Feuerhelm - Kerry's mother-in-law - as a traffic clerk where she handles traffic tickets, underage drinking and other court-related activities.
Feuerhelm is a wealth of knowledge and a strong person to train under, Erwin said. She also noted that her past experience has prepared her for the role's non-court duties.
Erwin has worked in the office since 2015, and planned to run once Peg retired, she said. In the past, she has managed an Outback Steakhouse during college, worked in a law office and a bank.
Those positions have helped prepare her for managing employees and the office's financials, some of which she already assists in, Erwin said.
"Clerk of court duties are not just in relation to court experience," she said. "I come with that well-rounded background, without even my current experience in the office."
The Minnesota native Erwin has posted on social media questioning her opponent's decade-plus experience - Feuerhelm has clerked for St. Croix County and currently is a Pierce County legal assistant - and said that their "job duties are not interchangeable."
"What I think is important is that my experience is current ... and comes directly here in Pierce County," Erwin said.