A Tuscaloosa attorney who worked for many years as a Tuscaloosa County assistant district attorney is running for circuit clerk.

Shannon Holloway, 41, is running against two-term incumbent Magaria Bobo in the Republican primary scheduled for June 5. The winner will face Democrat Angie Achterhof in the Nov. 6 election.

"After receiving numerous calls of encouragement from local leaders around the county, my family and I now believe the time for me to step forward in service is now,” she said. "I am excited and honored by the outpouring of support I have already received. I look forward to campaigning around the county and demonstrating just how hard I intend to work when I am elected."

The circuit clerk is the custodian of all court records, including civil, criminal, child support, domestic relations and juvenile divisions and will oversee the district court offices when Libby Hamner retires at the end of this month. Circuit clerks are also responsible for managing juries, summoning jurors and making sure each judge has a panel when needed. He or she also processes all passport applications, serves as absentee election manager and sets up and maintains all interest-bearing accounts ordered by judges.

Holloway earned a bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and political science from the University of Alabama before earning her law degree from UA School of Law in 2001. She served as a volunteer clerk in the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney's office while in school and was hired as an assistant district attorney, a position she held until last year. She served for more than two years as a referee for Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Court.

"Tuscaloosa County has been my home for over two decades. I have seen the problems we are facing and the challenges that lie ahead," she said. "I am confident that my experience as an assistant district attorney, a mother and a resident of our great county has prepared me to be the most effective person for the job."