Heishman to make second bid for court clerk

Tamara Heishman

Shenandoah County’s General District Court clerk plans to vie again for the chief circuit court position.

Tamara “Tammy” Heishman intends to run for circuit court clerk as an independent candidate in the Nov. 3 election. Heishman announced her plans this week.

Heishman has worked as the clerk of the Shenandoah County General District Court for the past seven years. Heishman worked for three years as a supervising deputy clerk with the Shenandoah County Combined Court (General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations), two years as a deputy clerk in the Circuit Court and five years as an accounting clerk for the Frederick County-Winchester General District Court.

“I have experience and definitely the knowledge based on the fact that I’ve worked in all three courts over the years,” Heishman said Tuesday. “I’ve been in management of the courts for 10 years, being a clerk and supervisor, and I’m very familiar with the systematic procedures in the court system.

“I would strive to meet the expectations of the citizens of Shenandoah County,” Heishman added.

Heishman ran as an independent candidate against Clerk of the Circuit Court Denise Estep in 2007. Estep does not plan to seek another term. Estep’s deputy clerk Sarona Irvin and David George, who works in the finance industry, are seeking the Shenandoah County Republican Party’s nomination to run for the seat. Heishman said she doesn’t feel the clerk is a political position.

Heishman served on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Clerk’s Advisory Committee on District Courts for four years and on the District Court Forms Advisory Committee since 2009.

Heishman, 48, a lifelong resident of Shenandoah County, lives with her son in Edinburg. She graduated from Central High School and received her associate’s degree from Lord Fairfax Community College in 1987.

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