Renita Thompkins Linville

  FORSYTH COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT  

Born and raised in Forsyth County, Attorney Renita Linville has the experience, values and desire to continue serving Forsyth County, North Carolina as the Clerk of Court. She has diligently served those around her as a community advocate, licensed attorney, champion for education and active member in church.

As Clerk of Court in Forsyth County, she will continue to put the community’s needs first and fight for a better tomorrow.

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MEET RENITA

RENITA’S PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

For 36 years, Renita Thompkins Linville has been practicing law with the highest level of integrity and honesty. With extensive experience in real estate transactions, traffic offenses, family law, wills and estates, she served as a founding partner and associate with law firms in Winston Salem prior to establishing her own practice.

She continued to serve her community as not only a practicing and founding attorney of two law firms but also as a University Professor. Linville taught Essentials of Business Law at Winston-Salem University as an Adjunct Professor so that she could continue passing on her knowledge to the next generation of leaders and difference makers in Forsyth County.

Renita made history as the first African-American woman to serve as the Clerk of Court in Forsyth County and aims to continue serving and making history in this capacity. Her consistent work and continual elevation has prepared her to serve the people of Forsyth County as the Clerk of Court.

“The Clerk’s Office is the heart of the Courthouse. It is the core of every function there. We are essential to the effective operation of the judicial system.”

RENITA’S ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

 Renita was born and raised in Forsyth County, went through the Winston Salem/ Forsyth County School System and then continued her education at North Carolina Central University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1979. After this, she continued her academic pursuits by earning a Juris Doctorate in 1982 and then passing the North Carolina State Bar in1983 and the United States Court in 1986. Renita has maintained her licensure every year for the last 38 years.

RENITA’S PERSONAL TESTIMONY

Personal experience and values shape professional values, and Renita’s professional track record reflect her personal life. As a woman who was born and raised in Forsyth County, attended the local schools and then returned home to Forsyth County after obtaining her academic degrees, she knows what it’s like to live local.

Renita has been married to Pastor James Linville for 16 years and has two sons, four grandchildren and a special nephew. As a licensed, well-educated and passionate attorney serving as the Clerk of Court, she pursues the best for her community, her family and those who will come to call Forsyth County home just as she does.

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WHY VOTE FOR RENITA?

In Renita’s own words, learn what has prepared her to continue as Forsyth County’s Clerk of Superior Court and find out her exciting plans once elected.

“I am honored and humbled to serve as the Forsyth County Clerk of Superior Court. Having served in this position since July 1, 2019 I knew immediately this was the right position for me, because of my passion and appreciation for the office and legacy of Clerk. Throughout my 36 year career as an attorney, the Clerk’s office was an integral part of my law practice. My education and professional experience, passion for helping people, and plans for the future of the Clerk’s Office have prepared me for this role. I understand the purpose the Clerk should fulfill inside the Courthouse, in the Community, and within this state as a Leader, and that’s why I’m running this race as a candidate for Clerk of Superior Court.”

RENITA’S GOALS

Renita is continuing to improve and increase automation and access through technology for those in her community and also to resolve complaints and help citizens have a better understanding and deeper knowledge of established processes.

Her goals to increase literacy rates, continue providing for the underprivileged, and create equal opportunities for those in Forsyth County are among her top priorities as she seeks to continue serving as the Forsyth County Clerk of Court.

RENITA’S NETWORK

As an active community member with a reputation that precedes her, Renita is a part of several professional associates that require life-long learning and a commitment to excellence.

Renita is proud to be an accountable member of these associations:

RENITA’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Since serving as the Clerk of Court in Forsyth County, NC, Renita has had the distinct honor of supervising 100 employees and meeting the needs of thousands of citizens. Her focus is to expand successful and effective initiatives, create and expand new plans for the betterment of the community and increase efficiency and bolster employee morale.

To date, she has implemented Veteran’s Court, expanded the literacy program in local elementary schools, grown the Toys for Tots Christmas program, supported survivors of domestic violence through the Steering Committee for Family Justice Center, participated in the DEAR Program in conjunction with the City of Winston Salm to help the disadvantaged obtain driving privileges, and so much more. Her strive to create change and fight for those whose voices are stifled runs deep in her bones and comes forth with everything she does.

RENITA’S COMMUNITY SERVICE RECORDS

Renita uses her education and experience to impact the lives of citizens in Forsyth County for the greater good. By partnering, collaborating and knowing the people in these specific niches, she is able to reach the community at a greater level.

Renita humbly serves the following organizations:


  • Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministry Board of Directors
  • Bethlehem Center Board of Directors
  • Winston-Salem Urban League Board of Directors
  • The Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina Board of Directors
  • Mediation Services, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Winston-Salem Historic District Commission Member
  • Winston-Salem State University Foundation Secretary of the Board of Directors
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Life-Long Member
  • Community Service Award- Special Recognition from the Chronicle

2019/2020 ELECTION SCHEDULE

As you perform your civic duty and cast your vote for the leaders of Forsyth County, we hope that you will seriously consider choosing Renita Thompkins Linville as Forsyth County Clerk of Court. March 3, 2020 is the Primary Election Day but there are ample opportunities to make your voice heard before then.

You can find additional information about the 2020 Elections at www.fcvotes.com or by calling (336) 703-2800

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE EARLY!

DATES AND TIMES FOR EARLY ONE-STOP VOTING

February 13-14 | 8:00 am- 7:30 pm

February 17-21 | 8:00 am- 7:30 pm

February 22 | 8:00 am- 7:30 pm

February 24-28 | 8:00 am- 7:30 pm

February 29 | 8:00 am- 3:00 pm

HELPFUL LINKS

Not registered to vote? Need an absentee ballot? Not sure about your precinct? Check out the links below for important election information.

NC Voter Registration Form
NC Absentee Ballot Request Form
NC Board of Elections
Forsyth County Precincts

VOTING LOCATIONS

Forsyth County Board of Elections

Forsyth County Government Center
201 N. Chestnut Street – Winston-Salem

Brown & Douglas Community Center

4725 Indiana Avenue – Winston-Salem

Clemmons Branch Library

3554 Clemmons Road – Clemmons

Kernersville Branch Library

248 Harmon Lane – Kernersville

Lewisville Branch Library

6490 Shallowford Road – Lewisville

Mazie Woodruff Center

4905 Lansing Drive – Winston-Salem

Old Town Recreation Center

4550 Shattalon Drive – Winston-Salem

Polo Park Recreation Center

1850 Polo Road – Winston-Salem

Rural Hall Branch Library

7125 Broad Street – Rural Hall

Southside Branch Library

3185 Buchanan Street – Winston-Salem

WSSU- Anderson Center

800 Price Street – Winston-Salem

YEARS OF RENITA'S LAW EXPERIENCE AS A PRACTICING ATTORNEY AND FOUNDER OF TWO LAW FIRM AND AS A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR

DECADES OF SERVICE RENITA HAS DEVOTED TO FORSYTH COUNTY THROUGH WORK AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

NUMBER OF TIMES RENITA MADE HISTORY AS FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN TO SERVE AS FORSYTH COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT

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