Fox seeks 3rd term on Orphans' Court

July 19, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Democrat Linda Fox has filed for a third term as a judge of the Washington County Orphans' Court.

"I decided to run again because I enjoy my work on the court," said Fox, 59. She added that the fact no other Democrats filed gave her extra incentive.

Fox, of Williamsport, has served as chief judge of the court for the past eight years. She was the top vote-getter in the 1994 and 1998 general elections.

Fox said she feels that helping to determine the final wishes and requests of individuals and providing for minor children is an important task and should be handled with respect.


"It's a very important job that affects people during a very traumatic time," Fox said. "We work to help them get through it."

The three judges of the Orphans' Court meet 10 times a month in the Washington County Courthouse. They settle contested wills, approve the appointment of personal representatives and set commissions for attorneys in the probate of wills.

Orphans' Court judges also oversee guardianships of minors who receive property from an estate. To ensure that property is safeguarded, the court appoints a guardian to report to the court once a year.

Fox is a 1960 graduate of Williamsport High School, and a 1962 graduate of Hagerstown Junior College.

A bookkeeper for most of her career, Fox is currently employed as an accounting assistant with Manpower Inc.

With only one Democrat and three Republicans filing for the post, all will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

The three Republican candidates are incumbent John M. Shriver, and newcomers Joseph W. Eichelberger and Sam Bayer.

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