Office: Jefferson County Circuit Clerk
Residence: Vestavia Hills
Political experience: None
Professional experience: Chief deputy clerk of Jefferson County Probate Court, 2017 – current; private practice attorney with Parchman Law; Pearson Chambliss & Parchman; Martin Weinberg, P.C.; Legal Aid Society of Birmingham, 2007-2017; Jefferson County Circuit Court Civil Division, court attendant; judicial law clerk to Helen Shores Lee, circuit judge civil division, 2006-2007; congressional intern to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, 2002; law clerk/runner with Gordon & Lathum, summers 1999-2003.
Education: Indian Springs School, 2000; Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., bachelor’s in government, 2004; Miles Law School, juris doctorate, 2007.
Civic experience: Acting secretary, board of trustees, Miles Law School; past vacation Bible school teacher; past member, advisory board, business education, Leeds High School; past member, board of directors, Leadership Jefferson County; past program assistant and inaugural participant, Jefferson County New Lawyer Mentorship Program; past treasurer, Ensley Merchant’s Association; Faith Chapel Christian Center homeless center legal team; Project Homeless Connect; NAACP Rising Icon Award, 2009; and Eagle Scout, 2000.
Main issues: Parchman said he has learned from a family tradition of public service, having two judges in his lineage.
“I have 15 years of legal-clerk’s office experience. I am knowledgeable about both the court system and the clerk’s office, and I understand how each operates in relation to the other.”
He added, “As the absentee election manager, I want to put my training from the Alabama Law Institute and poll schools into action by holding forums for the public to receive frequent voter education, voter rights restoration information, and what conditions allow one to vote absentee. In addition, I will seek to improve the customer service experience; raise staff morale through team-building trainings and retreats; increase constable involvement; add electronic payment options for fees, fines; launch an app and improved website to address pro se litigant concerns (unrepresented individuals), maintain a presence in the community and improve cybersecurity against hackers.”
Top contributors: Cordelia George, $1,000; Thomas W. Parchman, III, $700 (Loan); Charles Mullins, $600; Earle Law Firm, $500; Gleen M. Johnson, $150; Lonita Walker-Mede, $150.