Politics & Government

Clerk candidate: Money troubles stem from near-fatal accident

Bibb County Clerk of Superior Court candidate Erica Woodford says the judgment against her in state court last week for $40,000 in student loans, attorney fees and interest stems from financial troubles following a near-fatal 2009 car wreck.

“When I broke my neck, I suffered a lot,” Woodford said Saturday. “I had some financial burdens. The consent judgment was an outcome of that.”

Woodford, an attorney who is running as a Democrat, faces in Republican Linda Tillman, the chief deputy clerk in the Superiour Court clerk’s office.

The Oct.19 judgment amended an earlier judgment in February against Woodford concerning $32,000 in student loans from the not-for-profit Educational Resources Institute. Woodford also lost her home to foreclosure in 2010 after the car accident.

“Like other Americans, when you suffer a life-altering, near-fatal injury, you suffer financial burdens,” Woodford said. “I am almost 100 percent healed, and I am 100 percent ready to serve the people as Superior Court clerk.”