Deputies in the Bedford County Prothontary/Clerk of Courts office are vying for the Republican nomination that will determine who will replace retiring office holder, Cathy Fetter.
Sheri Lowery, 57, of Schellsburg, and Barb Himmler, 55, of Bedford, are hoping to secure the nomination, which virtually assures one of them the position, since no Democrat is on the ballot.
Lowery is first deputy for the criminal division of the office.
The prothonotary/clerk of courts office processes and preserves all court documents in civil, criminal and orphans court.
Both said electronic filing and converting criminal files to digital format is a top priority for the office.
The cost is borne by the state, but it takes a commitment to train the staff to make the conversion, Lowery said.
The conversion will go quickly, she said, “once we get it rolling. Doing the backlog is what’s going to take time.”
Once completed, the public will be able to look up and copy the information.
Lowery points to her experience as a owner of the former Apple Bin restaurant in Fishertown, in the dietary department at the hospital, her time with Operation’ Shoebox and her work at Time Ministries Church, where she heads several committees and her work for the past four years as valuable experiences that qualify her for the position.
Lowery and husband, Denny, operated the former Apple Bin restaurant in Fishertown for 10 years when she was in charge of payroll, accounts receivable/payable and hiring and firing.
Himmler has served as first deputy of the office for 19 years. She said her experience makes her uniquely qualified for the elected position.
Administratively, she worked at the former Ames store for 16 years, starting when she was in high school. She worked her way up to management, where she conducted all the training and hiring of employees.
She then worked as assistant manager at Fashion Bug, where she again worked her way up from head cashier to assistant manager.
She then was hired by Fetter as deputy after Fetter first took office. Himmler said she fills in for Fetter when the prothonotary is out of the office.
Himmler said she will seek out new programs and implement them as they become available.
She said she plans to “just continue to bring the prothonotary’s office forward as they have been and continue to keep accurate records.”
Himmler is a member of the Bedford Lioness and Women of the Moose in Bedford.
Both said they have enjoyed campaigning.
“I like going out and talking to the people,” Himmler said. She’s been telling potential voters that her years of experience make her the stronger candidate.
Lowery called it “hard work.
“It’s hard but I’m committed to see this through,” Lowery said.
Both Lowery and Himmler have Facebook pages.