Ellis County District Clerk Melanie Reed has announced that she will seek reelection in 2018, starting with the Republican primary.

Reed was elected in 2006.

Reed said she is excited about continuing her service to the citizens of Ellis County stating, “The very best people in Texas are right here in Ellis County.”

According to her official announcement, the load of the district clerk’s office has seen dramatic growth during her term with the creation of the new 443rd Judicial District Court, along with the 40th and 378th District Courts and certain cases heard in County Court at Law 1 that her office supports. There has also been a huge surge in passport applications.

"I will continue to seek measures that improve our process without limiting the high level of service that our citizens deserve,” Reed stated.

Her office currently allows individuals to conduct online searches by court case cause number or name.

“We will always meet the required privacy protection while providing the services that electronic documentation offers," Reed said. “My first responsibility is to the taxpayers of Ellis County and it is a job that I take very seriously. The continued growth of Ellis County will require finding ways to meet the needs of the citizens without hitting them in their pocketbooks."

She added, “We have built a very professional staff that understands the legal requirements of this office and strives to meet the expectations that our taxpayers deserve. Ellis County is blessed to have such great employees in county government and our staff at the district clerk’s office is one of the very best in the state. The teamwork that they show and the care they have for each other carries over to serve each and every person that walks into our office. I will work hard to ensure that this continues.”

Reed is a fifth generation native of Ellis County and has been married to Jeff, who is also a lifelong resident of the county, for 31 years. Her parents, Billy and Kay Price, continue to live on the farm in Forreston that has been in their family for over 140 years. Melanie and Jeff have two daughters, Stefani who is a youth minister, and Morgan, who lives in Arizona, as well as one son in law, Jake Meyer.

Before taking office, Reed worked in the banking, oil and accounting fields after graduating from Waxahachie High School and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington. She and her family are active members of First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie where Melanie has served as the Lord’s Acre chair for 16 years and is currently on the Funday School board. She is a member of the Ellis County Bail Bond Board, Ellis County Republican Women and currently serves as secretary of the Ellis County Museum board.

Reed is also a past committee chair of the Ellis County Aggie Mom’s club and has served as treasurer for several WHS athletic booster clubs. She is also involved as a leadership team member for many Walks to Emmaus, where she serves other women during weekend spiritual retreats.