2018-05-14 / Front Page

Democratic Hammond in running for Register of Deeds

Senior Staff Writer

ALFRED— Longtime title researcher Nancy Hammond of Lyman is seeking the Democratic nod in the June 12 primary for York County Register of Deeds.

The seat is an open one — Register Debra Anderson isn’t seeking another term and will retire at the expiration of her term on Dec. 31.

Hammond, 55, will be challenged by fellow Democrat Rachel Sherman. The winner will face off against Republican Michael Provencher of Waterboro in the November election.

Hammond is senior title insurance underwriter and closer at Atlantic Coast Title, LLC and has worked for the company for more than three decades. She said the majority of her work is performing title searches in all 16 Maine counties.

“I have 34 years in the real estate business, working with real estate brokers, lawyers, surveyors, bankers and folks buying and selling their homes and businesses,” Hammond said. “When I started doing title research in the 80s, I was mentored by some of the best title researchers and real estate attorneys in the business.”

“The Register of Deeds number one responsibility is the preservation of records for the county, preserving the historical records as well as making current recordings accurate and accessible,” said Hammond. “My priority will be to get the older documents digitized in order to allow access online to these historical records. I will oversee the staff to ensure that recording of documents is done in a timely and accurate manner to protect the property owner's interests.”

Hammond is a graduate of Massabesic High School in Waterboro and holds a bachelor of science degree in paralegal studies from Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire. She has been married for 32 years and has two sons.

Hammond served on the Lyman assessors board, volunteered 15 years as an EMT for Waterboro Fire Department, coached parks and recreation basketball and has been a Cub Scout leader.

As to why she feels she is the best candidate for the job, Hammond said, “My current employment has me working in the Registries of Deeds across the state of Maine on a daily basis. I have seen many changes over the years and know that future real estate transactions will be drastically different. This will be the first time in many years that the register elected has not previously worked on staff at the registry. This position does not need a politician, it needs someone with an understanding of what the registry does. Several senior employees of the Registry of Deeds approached me and ask me to consider running for the position because they felt my experience would make me the best candidate.”

The elected Register of Deeds serves a four year term and is a full-time position. York County Commissioners established a new salary range policy that applies to all newly elected officials taking office after January 2015. For Register of Deeds, the annual salary is between $40,000 and $55,000, though commissioners reserve the right to make adjustments.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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