Hollidaysburg woman announces candidacy

Terchanik will make first run for office

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg woman who works as a real estate paralegal has announced her candidacy to become Blair County’s next register of wills and recorder of deeds.

Anita Terchanik, 54, is seeking the Republican nomination in the spring primary to succeed Register/Recorder Mary Ann Bennis. Bennis, who is in her 16th year as register/recorder, revealed Tuesday that she intends to retire at the end of the year when her term ends.

The register/recorder post is an elected position with a four-year term. The office holder is expected to manage a courthouse office and staff responsible for recording and preserving all legal documents for property transactions, wills and estates. The office also collects transaction fees and makes distributions to the state, county, municipalities and school districts.

“I’ve respected Mary Ann’s 16 years of conscientious work in the register of wills and recorder of deeds office,” Terchanik said in a statement announcing her candidacy. “I will strive to follow her lead in keeping accurate records, and at the same time, keep moving the office forward with available technology and up-to-date trends.”

Terchanik has been a real estate paralegal for more than three decades with experience in Blair, Bedford, Cambria and Huntingdon counties. She started her career in 1983 when she went to work as a real estate paralegal for the Goodman & Notopoulos law firm in Altoona.

In 1992, Terchanik took a job with the Evey-Black law firm in Hollidaysburg, where she attained senior paralegal status in 2003.

Terchanik, making her first run for public office, is a 1982 graduate of Penn Cambria High School, Cresson, and she received an associate of science degree from Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

She is a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg, and Catholic Daughters of America.

She and her husband, Dennis, have two sons.