Long enters circuit court clerk race

Lisa Long

The list of people seeking the Shenandoah County Circuit Court Clerk’s seat grew to four this week.

Lisa M. Long has announced her intentions to seek the clerk’s post in the general election Nov. 3.

Denise Estep does not plan to seek re-election to another eight-year term. Chief Deputy Clerk Sarona Irvin and David George, who works in the financial industry, will seek the Republican Party nomination to run for the constitutional office. Tamara “Tammy” Heishman, clerk of the Shenandoah County General District Court, plans to run for the seat as an independent.

Long also plans to run as an independent candidate.

Long, 31, has worked in the court system for 14 years. She served as a deputy clerk in the Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court until 2002, when she worked as office manager for Commonwealth’s Attorney Albert T. Mitchell and his successor Amanda M. Wiseley.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for probably the past seven years,” Long said Friday. “I feel like now is a good time with the current clerk retiring this term.

“I work with the Circuit Court practically on a daily basis with my position at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office,” Long added.

If elected, Long said “Shenandoah County can expect a high level of efficiency, a commitment to customer service and professionalism with the clerk’s office.”

“I can bring to the clerk’s office an abundance of leadership and enthusiasm,” Long added.

Long graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School. She received her bachelor of science in criminal justice from Old Dominion University in 2010.

Long lives in New Market with her husband, Adam, who is a farmer.

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