Patton to run for prothonotary

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg woman is pledging to put 17 years’ experience to use if elected as Blair County’s next prothonotary.

Deputy Prothonotary Robin Patton, 55, announced her candidacy Wednesday for the county office primarily responsible for record-keeping tasks associated with the criminal, civil and orphans court systems. She said she will seek the Republican nomination in the spring primary.

“I am the only candidate who possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from working in the prothonotary’s office for more than 17 years,” Patton said in her announcement. “The last four of those years, I have held the title of deputy prothonotary which has allowed me to work closely with the current Prothonotary Carol Newman.”

Newman, who has been prothonotary since 1993 and will wrap up her current term in December, said she is supporting Patton.

“She’s very dependable,” Newman said. “The jobs I’ve given Robin to do, she has followed through, and she’s always been willing to learn new skills and to help others. Plus, she has a love for this office and maintaining the integrity of the records for future generations. She understands how important that is.”

Patton, who said she is honored to have Newman’s confidence and endorsement, pledged to put her work experience and knowledge to use as an elected official.

“With my vast experience in this office, I understand the complexities and responsibilities that this position brings,” Patton said. “I pledge to be your full-time prothonotary where I will continue to move forward with the improvements that Mrs. Newman has started, along with my many ideas to improve the technology and efficiency of the office.”

Patton also pledged to hold high standards for maintaining and restoring office records and to work with others.

“I love the history of this office and the important relationships I have formed over the years,” she added. “These relationships are crucial in allowing the courthouse to run smoothly and effectively.”

Patton is the second candidate to announce her interest in becoming prothonotary. In November, Cristi Lynn Waltz of East Freedom announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the post.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.