ORANGE COUNTY – On February 12th, 2021 Anthony Grice, candidate for Orange County Clerk, officially kicked off his campaign virtually via the Zoom web application. The event was well attended, with over 60 members of the community joining to listen to the candidate and other speakers lay out his vision for the Clerk’s office.
Deborah Mulqueen, a 23-year veteran of the Orange County Department of Motor Vehicles, and a Director of three motor vehicles offices from 2007 to 2019 said of the candidate, “to be this successful you must have unflinching determination and resolve, and I know that [Anthony] will work tirelessly in the Clerk’s Office to ensure everyone’s needs are met, with dignity and urgency.”
City of Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey spoke about Anthony Grice’s impact within the City as an elected Councilman. He went on to say, “Grice’s work ethic is relentless; oppressively constant. He works day and through the night. His commitment to our community service is very serious. He is a longtime educator. A man of noble deeds. He is an intellectual with compassion and great empathy for others.”
Logan Gonzalez, Mr. Grice’s Campaign Manager read the personal testimony of an undocumented member of the community’s experiences with the current Clerk’s office leadership. Part of the testimony read, “I went to the Goshen DMV because that’s where I was told they were only issuing [driver’s licenses]. I waited and waited and never got through. Two weeks later I went back and there was a separate line for people that looked like me. I felt discriminated against.”
Mr. Gonzalez stated, “This testimony is evidence that we need to have a County Clerk’s office that is equitable and accountable to its community. We need to elect Anthony Grice to County Clerk because he will treat everyone with the respect and dignity that they deserve, and he will not discriminate against folks based on the color of their skin, their gender, religion, sexual orientation or documented status.”
The final speaker and the candidate himself, Anthony Grice, went on to say, “As County Clerk, you will have my full commitment to ensuring that everyone is treated with respect and dignity. I can give you my word that everyone will have a seat at the table and that their voice will be heard. The Clerk’s office needs new, serious leadership that seeks to solve the problems of residents. We are living in trying times, and bold solutions are the only answer to our problems.”
Petitioning begins during early March, and the campaign directed those interested to sign-up on its webpage – www.anthonygrice.com for future correspondence.