April 21, 2011

Governor Appoints Danette Clatt as Scotland County Eastern District Commissioner

On April 13th, Governor Jay Nixon announced the appointment of Danette K. Clatt of rural Scotland County, as the new Eastern District Commissioner for Scotland County. She will fill the position held by her late husband, Denis Clatt, who passed away March 1st.

Ms. Clatt, a Republican, owns Countryside Flowers in Memphis. In addition to her business, she also is active as a volunteer 4-H and FFA leader, and in her church.

"I am pleased to appoint Danette Clatt to serve on the Scotland County Commission because of her strong commitment to Scotland County as a business owner and active community leader," Gov. Nixon said. "I also appreciate the public service that her late husband Denis provided to this area, as well."

Ms. Clatt will be sworn into office once the county receives her official commission from the governor's office.

She was the official recommendation of the Scotland County Republican Party. The county Democratic committee did not submit a candidate for the position as a show of support for her candidacy.

"I feel extremely honored that both parties worked together in my support," said Danette Clatt. "I appreciate the governor's efforts to appoint me to the post and give me the opportunity to fill Deny's shoes."

That is a task Danette said she felt led to do almost immediately following her husband's untimely death following a brief illness.

"The night he passed, I woke up and it hit me that this is what I needed to do," Danette said. "I got up and told the kids. I wasn't sure, but I felt like maybe Deny was nudging me to do this."

It wasn't as if Danette was a stranger to the position or to Deny's constituents.

"When Deny was campaigning, I went door-to-door with him trying to reach every home in the eastern district," she said. "Obviously he didn't tell me everything, but we did talk a lot, and I know how he felt about a lot of the issues."

In the days that followed, she contacted presiding Commissioner Chipper Harris to discuss the possibilities of filling the remainder of Deny's term.

"I wasn't sure how the process would work, but I wanted to at least let them know I was considering the possibility," she said.

That consideration changed to certainty over the next several weeks, culminating with Danette completing the official application, which was submitted to the governor's office approximately three weeks ago.

"I thank the governor for making this quick decision," said Senator Brian Munzlinger. "Danette will do a great job helping folks in Scotland County."

The next decision the new commissioner will be faced with will be whether or not to return the Clatt name to the ballot in November.

"I haven't completed one day in the job yet, so it is hard to say," Danette commented. "But, if I enjoy it half as much as he [Deny] did, I will definitely run again."

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