FRONT ROYAL – A local lawyer hopes to become the circuit court clerk in the Nov. 5 special election for a seat vacated halfway through an eight-year term after Clerk Darryl Funk became a judge.

A news release states that Stephen Jerome, 50, is seeking the Warren County Republican Committee’s nomination in the race. If he does not receive the nomination, he said over the phone that it would be “poor form” to continue campaigning.

Jerome has worked at Joseph F. Silek Jr. PC — formerly known as Lawson and Silek — since 2003, where he said he is “a general practitioner” with his main focus being wills while he also assists clients with trust and estate administration, personal transactions, civil litigation and preparing and filing deeds. He said he regularly visits the courthouse, which has given him an understanding of services offered from a consumer’s viewpoint.

He was previously a paralegal at a Washington, D.C., law firm where the release states he managed “case files for complex and voluminous litigation and administrative matters.”

The release states Jerome’s private sector employment renders him “uniquely prepared” for the job and that he looks forward “to bringing my experience and skills from private practice to my work as the Circuit Court Clerk.”

“I wouldn’t run for an office I wasn’t fit for and I didn’t think I would do a very well job in,” Jerome said.

Jerome said he respects the accomplishments of previous clerks Funk and Jennifer Sims and he would rather wait until he is elected to determine any needed changes in the office.

“It’s easy to judge something when you are not doing it yourself,” he said.

Jerome said the office’s services are “great” but “I always look to improve things” and that he would be “detail-oriented” and “keep things organized.”

If elected, Jerome said he would educate the public of the courthouse’s inner workings and the importance of its services to the community. He added that he would like to “beef up” the electronic services the office offers.

Originally from Lancaster, New York, Jerome said his family moved to Warren County in 2001 because he and his wife Kristen thought “it was a good place” to raise their seven children.

The release states that Jerome’s community involvement includes work for the Knights of Columbus; Cub and Boy Scouts; Samuels Public Library’s board of trustees; the department of social services advisory board; the United Way of Front Royal; the Northern Virginia 4-H; work on a Front Royal Town Council advisory committee.

The release states that Jerome “sees the clerk’s office as a new opportunity to further serve the community and to continue the improvements made by previous clerks.”

“Stephen is enthused and proud to be in the running to publicly serve his Warren County neighbors,” the release states.

Jerome can be contacted at 540-724-1766 or at elect@jeromeforlerk.com.

– Contact Josh Gully at jgully@nvdaily.com

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