Eric Clarke was raised among the red rock of our beautiful Southern Utah area. It is here that he learned the value of hard work and good character.
Growing up in Southern Utah, Eric Clarke learned the value of hard work and good character. From his young adult years as a religious missionary until now, he has dedicated his life to public service. He and his wife of twenty years, Kristen, are the parents of six children, ages 5 through 18.
Upon his graduation from USU, Clarke spent two years serving as a fifth grade teacher for Teach For America in a low income elementary school in Phoenix, Arizona. Through that work, he learned to appreciate members of the community that serve in the public sector -- teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other first responders. After his two years with Teach for America, Clarke and his family moved back to Utah, where he attended law school at BYU. During law school, he served on the Law Review Board and he graduated with honors.
Following his graduation from law school at BYU, Clarke clerked for Federal Judge Ted Stewart for a year and then he and his family moved back to beautiful southern Utah, where he began working at the Washington County Attorney’s Office. His nine years as a Deputy County Attorney taught him the importance of working with and supporting law enforcement and helped him develop relationships of trust with local law enforcement leaders. He also saw the tragic impact of drug abuse and mental health challenges in criminal activity and became active in efforts to help reduce repeat offending, which saves taxpayers money and helps families. As the Lead Civil Attorney, Clarke also had the opportunity to pursue one of his lifelong passions – fighting for local input in our public lands.
When Clarke became the County Attorney in 2020, his years of experience made him uniquely prepared and qualified to prosecute crime and keep our community safe, to keep our county on the cutting-edge of reducing recidivism (repeat offending) and thereby saving taxpayer dollars, and in fighting to maintain access to our public lands.
As County Attorney, Clarke has supported local law enforcement by seeing the cases they bring prosecuted appropriately and by always being available to law enforcement for legal questions and other issues. He has also supported law enforcement as the head of victim's advocacy divisions in Washington County. Clarke continues to support and refine the Court Support Services program, which connects nonviolent offenders with services to help reduce their chances of re-offending. As part of his efforts to reduce recidivism (re-offending), Clarke advocated for the "Diversion Center," where community members in crisis can go to recover before becoming involved in criminal activity.
In addition to his vital work with law enforcement, Clarke's years of work on renewing Washington County's Habitat Conservation Plan will allow continued development in the county despite it's status as endangered species habitat. He also continues to advocate for the construction of the Northern Corridor (an essential solution to traffic congestion in Washington County) and to navigate the complex legal process necessary to force the federal government to acknowledge the County's right to a Northern Corridor.
Clarke has been an active member of the Republican Party for his entire adult life. He has served the party in many different ways, including serving as a member of the Washington County Republican Party Executive Committee. As the Republican nominee for Washington County Attorney, Clarke looks forward to continuing his efforts on behalf of the community he loves.
Eric Clarke and his wife, Kristen.
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