Deputy seeks court clerk spot

Sarona Irvin

A Shenandoah County Circuit Court worker plans to run for the clerk’s post held by Denise Estep, who expects to retire this year.

Sarona Irvin said Tuesday she intends to seek the Republican Party nomination to run for the constitutional office in the general election Nov. 4. The party plans to hold its nominating event May 8.

Estep has decided not to run for a fourth, eight-year term and has endorsed Irvin for the office.

Irvin said she feels she has received a “really good education” under the clerk.

“I kind of joke with her that we learned clerk together, so I feel like I’m perfectly positioned to just keep a really smooth operation going for the citizens of Shenandoah County.”

Irvin, 48, graduated from Central High School in Woodstock and worked for attorney R. Keith Richards for six years. Irvin went to work in the Circuit Court when Estep first took office in 1992. Irvin has served 24 years as Irvin’s chief deputy clerk. During that time, Irvin resumed her college education and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice through Liberty University. Irvin also has served on the judicial advisory committee with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

“I just had the opportunity to learn every facet of the different areas in the clerk’s office,” Irvin said. “So I feel pretty qualified to put my hat in the ring, not to mention I love what I do so I would like to keep doing it.”

Irvin also leads the Woodstock chapter of the Heart Link Network, a women’s networking group.

Irvin and her husband Hugh J. “Jim” Irvin Jr. have three children. The youngest attends high school in the county.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com