Q&A: David Trantham is running for Denton County District Clerk

Image description
David Trantham has filed to run for Denton County district clerk. He is running as a Republican against Mark Yarbrough, Ronnie Anderson and William Brown in the March 6 primary election.

Community Impact Newspaper sent Trantham a list of questions about his candidacy. Below are his answers, which have been edited for style.

1. Why did you decide to run for this office?
In my seven years of working at the county clerk’s office, I interact with the district clerk’s office on a weekly basis—sometimes daily. Over that time, I have had the opportunity to see changes on a county level and statewide level that has had impacts on these offices. When it became known that the current district clerk was not going to seek another term, I made the decision to become a candidate.

I believe Denton County deserves a person that fully understands the courts, attorney’s business practices, and ensures that the public has confidence in their elected official to properly maintain, disburse and secure their state court records now and into the future.  It is also imperative that we have someone who recognizes the current growth and technological changes that are currently becoming daily processes for all clerk’s offices around the state of Texas.


2. What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position? 

  • Texas legislative Intern, 2003

  • Seven years with the county clerk’s office

  • Representative to Denton County Bail Bond Board

  • Project manager for re:SearchTX

  • Assistant supervisor for the  Juvenile & Administration Department

  • Extensive knowledge of Denton County’s case management software, State of Texas Criminal Justice Information System, Texas e-File  and Texas Office of Court Administration

  • Juvenile courts expansion project leader for county clerk


3. If elected, what would be your top priorities?
If elected, my top priorities will be jury services and re:SearchTX.

Jury services can be managed much more efficiently than it currently is. Many counties currently use other methods to notify potential jurors of their upcoming jury duty and/or notify the individual that their service will no longer be needed. I believe a program that would allow the efficiency of jury duty to improve will prevent wasted time for the individual in travel time, work loss, or time away from daily life.  I would also like to promote a more positive juror experience since it is an important guaranteed right under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and in our Texas Constitution. I would also like to expand the list of potential local 501(c)(3) organizations that jurors can have the option of donating their compensation to should they choose.

Re:searchTX is an initiative by the State of Texas to create [a] statewide system for anyone across Texas and the United States to access court records for all 254 counties in the state of Texas. This program was met unfavorably by clerks because they felt that the state was overreaching its role and the role established of the clerks in the Texas Constitution. Since its implementation, I have been working as the project manager in the county clerk’s office to ensure that this new statewide system will be sufficient in providing our public records.

We are constantly working to ensure no documents containing sensitive data or information, sealed documents or records or any other confidential filings are made public while following the state guidelines. Re:SearchTX has worked closely with the clerks and the state to work as a team to complete both party’s goals.  This will be a good program, but it is requiring work to continue to maintain public confidence of how our records are maintained.


4. What else do you want constituents to know about you and your background?
I am a lifelong Denton County resident who grew up having a passion for public service instilled in me at an early age. I enjoy volunteering with multiple veterans project[s] as well as teaching youth shooting and firearm safety. I am married to my wife, Stacy, and we are expecting the arrival of our first child in April, a beautiful baby girl named Emmaline. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, collecting and shooting firearms and working on my WWII-era U.S. Halftrack. I have a great passion for history and with that, a healthy appreciation for our history and want to see it flawlessly preserved in our records. I am a fiscal and social conservative, a member of the National Rifle Association, Texas State Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. I believe in the rule of law and to tirelessly defend the Texas and U.S. constitutions.

I am currently endorsed by the Denton County Law Enforcement Association, Little Elm Police Officer’s Association, the Denton County Conservative Coalition and former Denton County Judge Vic Burgess.


By Gavin Pugh
Gavin has reported for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2017. His beat has included Dallas Area Rapid Transit, public and higher education, school and municipal governments and more. He now serves as the editor of the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake edition.


There are currently six potential COVID-19 vaccine candidates, according to Denton County Public Health Director Matt Richardson. Of those six, five will require the patient to take two doses. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Denton County COVID-19 active cases on the rise; officials prepare for vaccine distribution

Richardson updated the court on the state’s latest change in how case numbers are reported as well as the county's preparations for vaccine distribution once it becomes available.

Early voting in Denton County runs through Oct. 30. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than a third of Denton County registered voters have cast ballots early

The first seven days of early voting saw 185,825 ballots cast in person, according to the latest figures from Denton County election officials.

The location is owned by local husband-wife team Jesse and Mary Rose Merin. (Courtesy Dickey's Barbecue Pit)
Dickey's Barbecue opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Stone Creek Collectibles is located at 2260 Morriss Road, Ste. 320, Flower Mound. (Jason Lindsay/Community Impact Newspaper)
Stone Creek Collectibles now open in Flower Mound

Stone Creek Collectibles offers various collector's items, including vintage furniture, sports memorabilia and home decor.

Corner Crab opened in Lewisville in May after its initial opening was cut short due to coronavirus-related restrictions. (Courtesy Corner Crab)
Ten restaurants that have opened since March in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village

Here are 10 restaurants that have opened in Community Impact's Lewisville-Flower Mound-Highland Village coverage area since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

In Denton County, there have been 743 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by molecular test in the seven reporting days ending Oct. 16. (Community Impact staff)
Tracking COVID-19: Denton County cases trend upward again as officials report antigen test results

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are on the rise once again in Denton County and throughout the state.

Angelina’s Mexican Restaurant in Lewisville is operated by a family consisting of Eliza Velez (from left), Isabel Velez, Louis Velez and Adriana Luna. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
Family works to keep matriarch's business legacy alive at Angelina's Mexican Restaurant in Lewisville

The family behind Angelina's Mexican Restaurant in Lewisville is defending a wide-reaching legacy.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be the featured performers at the 30th Anniversary of the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show. (Courtesy of Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show)
Thunderbirds to fly this weekend at Fort Worth air show plus more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A construction project is expected to continue through the end of the year on Main Street and Mill Street in Old Town Lewisville. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
Main, Mill streets project nears final stages in Old Town Lewisville

Crews are nearing the final stretch of an intensive project to upgrade three major segments of road in Old Town Lewisville.

A splash pad is included in the new plans for the park. (Rendering courtesy McKinney Parks and Recreation)
Park coming to McKinney and more top DFW-area news

Read popular news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Denton County Commissioners Court on Oct. 13 met virtually after learning one of its members tested positive for COVID-19. (Community Impact Staff)
Judge Andy Eads becomes second Denton County elected official to test positive for COVID-19

Denton County's top elected official has tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after the county announced another commissioner's confirmed infection.

The Dallas-based restaurant serves more than 20 varieties of globally inspired tacos, such as the spicy tikka chicken, the buffalo chicken and the slow-roasted brisket. (Courtesy Velvet Taco)
Velvet Taco opens in Plano and more DFW-area news

Read the latest Dallas-Fort Worth business and community news.