Ashley Rager / photos provided to the Beaver Countian by the candidate.

In a bizarre political move, a woman from Aliquippa has announced her candidacy for Beaver County Prothonotary – Over three years before the next primary is set to take place.

Ashley Rager, 26 of Aliquippa, said she’s announced her candidacy so early because she needs time to gain name recognition. “I needed to get my name out there, not a lot of people know me, they know my family but they don’t know who I am” said Rager. “And maybe if I start now, it won’t be a head to head race, maybe in four years Nancy won’t want to run.”

Rager will likely face incumbent Prothonotary Nancy Werme in the Democratic primary.

She said she became interested in becoming the Prothonotary after researching the position. “I think like most people I didn’t know what the Prothonotary does, the more I got into it I realized it’s something that only Pennsylvania has. But the office has history, it deals with people, and I love people, I love talking to people […] It’s prestigious, but I definitely had to research it to see exactly what it all entails.”

Rager said friends in politics she’s known nearly her entire life encouraged her to make the run. “I’ve know the Sheriff and a bunch of people in that inner circle for a good part of my life […] They were telling me you should run for something, you should run for something. I didn’t take it seriously at first, but the more I got exposed to the idea, I thought I could do this with the right people around me.”

To that end, Rager was introduced to political movers and shakers in the Democratic Party by Sheriff George David at a fundraising event held for Congressman Jason Altmire this week.

“I think she will make an excellent Prothonotary” said Sheriff George David when asked about Rager.

“George David needs to worry about his own re-election, because he’s been the weakest candidate on our ticket” said Prothonotary Nancy Werme in response to the Sheriff’s comments.

Rager, who holds a degree in international relations and history from Duquesne University, has previously been employed as a restaurant worker, and as a Title Searcher for Bank of America. She was recently hired by Sheriff David’s Solicitor, Myron Sainovich, to act as a legal secretary in his office — A job she starts on Monday.

Sheriff David has made it clear he wants to see his Democratic counterpart in the Prothonotary’s Office ousted, after he said Nancy Werme fired his wife Linda David who spent 12 years working in the office. Werme has insisted Linda David left on her own accord, and that the Sheriff is playing political games.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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bcparty

what the hell? dont these people ever work?

Justice 4 all
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Justice 4 all

Just what we need, another elected puppet from the Aliquippa area. Seems Rager has no experience except serving food, sounds like the perfect candidate!

gwensdown
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gwensdown

Mentored by Myron for 3 years? Come on…..Ok, what next? Hit us up.

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To Whom It May Concern

I’d put money on the fact that you had no idea what a prothonotary was until you typed it into Google. Surely, it was not a lifelong dream of Ms. Werme to fill that position for Beaver County, just as it was clearly not Ms. Rager’s either. Her honesty about her own naiveté regarding the position is refreshing, and clearly demonstrates her earnest intent in pursuing the role with little concern for her own selfish advances.

Instead of berating her for her inexperience in politics, we should be celebrating the fact that a young, intelligent and candid woman is getting involved in her community’s political on-goings – a nice change of pace from the typical demographic of candidates in our county. I, for one, am intrigued to learn what Ms. Rager will bring to the table for Beaver in the next three years, as she finds her own steady footing in this obviously murky political terrain.

Catherine Kowalick
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Catherine Kowalick

Hope she wins!

Kim Brobeck Hill
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Kim Brobeck Hill

I guess Justice 4 all was born with all the answers and never needed any kind of training or education. Your comment is a joke, everyone has to start somewhere.

gwensdown
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gwensdown

Brobeck Mountain’s slingin’ this morning and it looks like everyone else is on the ‘loose’ too….what’s today, full moon yet? Let’s all meet @ the park for a hike and roast weenies…. ’cause it looks like a lot of folks aren’t workin’ today either. Enjoy yourselves tearin’ up the lobbies and stickin’ your chewin’ gum under the seats. Have a nice day all~! JP, need more sleep? Nice job on the site btw.

J.R. Pierce
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J.R. Pierce

I, for one, think it’s nice and quite refreshing that someone as young as Ms. Rager has taken such an interest in local politics. It takes quite a bit of gumption for a young person to launch into an establishment that is dominated by 40 to 70-somethings, one of whom is Ms. Werme. Her lone quote in this article bring to mind the image of a bitter and jaded career politician who is more concerned with petty personal politics, grievances, and keeping her job than with the improving of the state of her county and its inhabitants. Should Ms. Rager be elected to Prothonotary in 3 years time, I think she would be a welcome breath of fresh air in Beaver County politics. Anyone who seems this willing to learn and do the work (especially at such a young age) will mean a great improvement over the current state of affairs in the Prothonotary’s Office.

As a sidenote, Mr. John Paul, the writer of this article, needs to make his own personal beliefs a little less apparent in his articles. A good portion of journalism is knowing your own opinion and keeping it out of your writing so others can form their own opinions. Poor show, sir.

gwensdown
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gwensdown

The only ‘opinion’ I see JP expressing is in his 1st sentence, ‘bizarre’ political move. Maybe the word ‘unusual’ would’ve been a better way of making the statement. There’s a flair by using certain wording to attract attention, but nonetheless…this guy does it all – which amazes me as to how he could be in so many places @ one time, take pictures, submit stories and monitor his website…..geeks with all their bizarre technology still need some decent sleep or his brain will be soon be fried. No I’m not a former teacher, his mother, father, aunt, or uncle…. but they’re probably moaning @ him too @ times (good luck w/that).