8:57 PM

A long time employee in Stone County government has announced her candidacy for County Clerk.

Denise Dickens, who is the current administrative assistant to the county commission, has been a county employee for 24 years.

For 17 of those years she worked in the clerk's office prior to her current position.

"It's time for full time working leadership in the clerk's office," said Dickens.  

Dickens says she plans to pound the pavement throughout the county in advance of the 2014 primary election seeking votes.