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Bowman wins GOP race for register of deeds

Robert Houk • May 1, 2018 at 10:37 PM

Voters in the Republican Primary elected Teresa Bowman to succeed her boss as Washington County Register of Deeds.

Unofficial results show Bowman, who currently serves as bookkeeper in the office, received 8,350 votes on her way to winning the GOP nomination Tuesday.

Because no other candidate will appear on the Aug. 2 general election ballot, the winner of the Republican primary will take over from incumbent Ginger Jilton, who is retiring in August after serving 20 years as register of deeds.

Bowman, who has worked in the register of deeds office for more than 15 years, defeated former Washington County Republican Party Chairman Michael Hartman with 70.2 percent of the total vote. Hartman received 3,521 votes in the race.

Prior to being hired as a deputy clerk in the office in 2005, Bowman was employed as a consumer loan officer at Leader Federal Bank.

“I want to thank the voters of Washington County who have shown confidence in me,” Bowman said as she celebrated her victory Tuesday night with supporters at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough.

“I have been very blessed to have my family and friends support me. I also want to thank Ginger Jilton for her endorsement, and my co-workers for their support.”

During the campaign, Bowman said her experience of working side-by-side with Jilton had given her the knowledge “to fully understand the internal workings in every area of the office.”

She said she learned the importance of maintaining a high standard of accuracy and security for maintaining the county’s important records.

“I am the only candidate with the experience of working in the office and in this office, experience really does matter,” she told the Press.

Bowman said the register of deeds office is responsible for recording over 100 different types of documents, all with different requirements. The office also works closely with financial institutions, attorneys and local businesses.

“I promise to be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money,” Bowman said. “My door will always be open.”

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