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Peifer to run for second full term as recorder of deeds

January 4, 2019

Somerset County Recorder of Deeds Patricia A. Peifer announced Thursday her intent to seek the Republican nomination for re-election.

Peifer, 50, of Conemaugh Township, was appointed to the position after officeholder Lorraine Barron died in November 2013. She ran for her first full term in 2015.

“I believe my 18 years of experience in the Recorder of Deeds Office have prepared me well to continue to serve as your Recorder of Deeds,” she said in a prepared statement. “I am very proud of the work that my staff and I have accomplished over the last four years.”

Peifer said the office has been working diligently on document preservation and indexing older documents in-house. She estimates that this has saved taxpayers thousands of dollars. Last year 170 record books were scanned using funds from the Recorder of Deeds Automation Fund.

“The ultimate goal for the future is to have the last 353 books scanned and indexed, which will be a tremendous help to the attorneys, title searchers, surveyors and the general public,” she said.

Peifer started in the office as an accounting clerk in 2001.

She served as second deputy under Recorder Patricia Brant in 2003 and was promoted to first deputy in 2011 by Barron.

“I am fully committed to preserving the integrity and advancement of the Recorder of Deeds Office into the future of Somerset County,” she said. “I am very proud of my current staff who have over 40 years of combined experience in the office.”

Peifer serves as the secretary of the Somerset County Affordable Housing Board and is a past secretary of the Somerset County Republican Committee.

She is also a member of the Laurel Highlands Council, Salute to Women Luncheon Committee, Somerset Friends of NRA Committee, Somerset County Sportsmen’s League Banquet Committee, Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary. In her free time she enjoys volunteering at events and festivals, including Mountain Craft Days and the Pennsylvania Maple Festival.

She and her husband, Robert, have a son and daughter. They attend the Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship.

“I wish to thank the residents of Somerset County for their support and for allowing me to continue to serve as Recorder,” she said. “Being able to help people over the years has led to many humbling and heartwarming experiences.”

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