Eileen Wiggins, a Democrat, filed Monday for a judgeship on the Washington County Orphans' Court.
Wiggins, 73, said she believes her energy and commitment would be pluses in the office.
"I enjoy judicial work and working with wills and with families," Wiggins said.
A Hagerstown native, Wiggins was a clerk in Washington County District Court for five years. She was then a District Court commissioner for three years, setting bonds for people charged with crimes.
Wiggins also worked in the Maryland Division of Correction Junction Bridge program for two years. The program helped addicted inmates get treatment when they returned to society.
She also was employed with the Maryland Employees Credit Union before she retired.
Wiggins, of 18534 Kent Ave., ran unsuccessfully for orphans' court in 1990 and 1994.
The job pays $6,000 a year.
Judges of the Orphans' Court for Washington County meet two days a week to probate wills, settle disputes over estates and appoint administrators and guardians.