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Eastman announces candidacy for office

Stephanie Eastman announced her candidacy for Warren County’s Register of Will, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of Orphans’ Court on the Republican ticket.

Eastman is currently serving as Register and Recorder, appointed by President Judge of the 37th Judicial District, Maureen Skerda, after being recommended by the former Register and Recorder, Lori Bimber.

“When Lori expressed interest in retiring, I raised my hand like I was a little kid in the back of the classroom bursting to get called upon,” Eastman said. “Lori and I spent two years preparing for my transfer into her position. When I was appointed Jan. 4, the transition occurred without interruption and the office has continued to run smoothly and efficiently.

“In the Register and Recorder’s office I began as Deputy Recorder of Deeds, where I enjoyed the excitement of families purchasing a new home or successfully paying off a mortgage. I was then promoted to Deputy Register of Wills, where I was able to assist people in times of difficulty. Finally, as first deputy Register, Recorder and Clerk of Orphans’ Court it was a joy to know I was part of a child getting adopted into a loving home. One example of an initiative I had undertaken as first deputy was to implement the state-required reporting system of guardianships for incapacitated individuals and I continue to update the system. Working in all aspects of the office enables me to serve in any capacity that I am needed.

“Organization is my forte and it is a high priority in this office. A high level of accuracy is needed as every document must be precise. Thirty years of experience in financial institutions has given me the ability to record documents error-free.

“One component of my future plans is upgrading the computer system to include land records from 1975-1984; currently 1985 to the present is on computer. This plan would conveniently include another decade of records easily accessible to abstractors, attorneys and the general public who perform title and deed searches.

“The capability to electronically record land records is another goal I aim to complete. This would enable banks, closing companies, attorneys and others to E-record deeds, mortgages, mortgage satisfactions and other land documents without the need to hand deliver or mail them to the office.

Eastman grew up in Pittsfield and graduated from Youngsville High School. She has lived in Tidioute for the past eight years “where I enjoy spending time with my two younger children Olivia and Jackson. Additionally, I have two adult children Samantha and Jacob, who are successfully out on their own.

“I absolutely love my job, the staff I work with and the people I serve, and I look forward to continuing to help all Warren County residents.”

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