Presidio County and District Clerk candidate questionnaire

Presidio County and District Clerk Florcita Zubia, an incumbent who is running unopposed, weighs in ahead of the March 1 primary election 

Florcita Zubia (D) 

  • Tell us about yourself. What experience will you bring to this role? 

I was raised in Marfa. I attended school here in Marfa, I graduated Class of 2000. I have been with Presidio County for about 15 years. I started working for the Presidio County Clerk’s Office in January of 2007 when Virginia Pallarez took office. I worked full time from 2007 through 2011. When my third child was born, my husband and I decided that it was best that I be at home with the kids. From 2011 through June 2020 I continued to work with the clerk’s office in the Elections Department but as a part time or seasonal worker, as I call it. In June of 2020 I came back to the county as a full-time worker. Beginning in May 2021, my boss at the time, Virginia Pallarez, let us know that she would be retiring on June 2, 2021, and the commissioners court would be taking applications to appoint someone for the position as it is an unexpired term. And I went for it. I was appointed by the court June 3, 2021. I hope to continue to serve Presidio County for many more years to come.

  • What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your first term as county clerk and how did you overcome that challenge?

I think that the most challenging part of taking office has definitely been all the changes in the software and programs that we use on a daily basis. They all decided to change at the same time. It’s been a task to learn, especially everything evolving because of COVID.

  • The county clerk has the power to produce death certificates, but the Presidio County office has previously declined to adopt the technology to do so — which can delay families from laying their loved ones to rest in some cases. Will your office take on the duty of producing death certificates in Presidio County?

There is a system for birth and death certificates. The registrar system is in the justice of the peace office. I myself have never heard that someone has had any issues getting a death certificate, whether it needs to come out of my office or out of the JP office. Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Dina Jo Marquez and I have spoken about this and we are working together for a solution that suits everyone.

  • Is there anything else you wish to share?

I have people come up to me, telling me that I have their support and prayers: you do not know how much that means to me. Even though I do not have an opponent, I ask for the public’s continued support. I am very blessed and grateful.