A Bedford County deputy prothonotary has announced her candidacy to take over leading the office.

Sheri Lowery, 56, of Schellsburg said she is seeking the Republican nomination to be the next prothonotary/clerk of courts.

“I think my years of service with the community in a lot of different capacities and my compassion for people makes me qualified,” Lowery said.

The prothonotary/clerk of courts office processes and preserves all court documents in civil, criminal and orphans court.

Lowery is the first deputy of the criminal division within the office, where she has worked the past four years.

Prothonotary Cathy Fetter is not seeking a new term. She has held the office since 2000.

Lowery said she has learned a lot working alongside Fetter and would be able to take over leading the office.

“I have a drive and a desire to keep up what (Fetter) has built while bringing it into the future,” Lowery said.

Transitioning the office to electronic filing is the top priority for Lowery. She said she already has knowledge of the office’s electronic filing system in juvenile and dependency cases.

“My goal would be to bring that to the criminal side of it,” she said.

Lowery said some larger counties, like Allegheny County, already have electronic filing.

“If they can do it, we can do it,” she said.

Lowery and her husband, Denny, operated the Apple Bin restaurant in Fishertown for 10 years, where Lowery said she was in charge of payroll, accounts receivable/payable and all other bookwork. She then as a bank teller with First National Bank before she was hired in the prothonotary’s office.

She said her years of working with the public would be good experience for the office. She said people needing to visit the office are often going through difficult circumstances.

“Whatever is happening in their life, we work through it to get their issues resolved,” she said.

Lowery said she prides herself on her work ethic and said she is confident in her ability to manage the office’s budget.

“I know numbers,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot how (Fetter) works and how it is important to keep the checkbook balanced. I look at it like running a household on a bigger scale.”

Lowery previously campaigned to be a county auditor in 2015, narrowly losing a tight race. Lowery, a member of the Time Ministries Church in Bedford, said she decided to seek the office of the prothonotary after Fetter announced her retirement.

“I’ve been encouraged by a lot of people,” she said. “I decided to take a leap of faith and, through prayer, decided to do this.”

The primary election is May 21.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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