Elkton lawyer announces bid for court clerk

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A 43-year-old Elkton lawyer announced this week that he plans to file his candidacy for the
county Clerk of the Court on the 2010 ballet.
Derrick Lowe, a Republican, said he is anxious to start campaigning because he doesn’t have
strong name recognition despite living in Cecil County for seven years.

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Elkton lawyer announces bid for court clerk

  1. 1. Elkton Lawyer Announces Bid for Court Clerk by Cheryl Mattix cmattix@cecilwhig.com Originally published Friday June 26, 2009 page A3, reprinted with permission by The Cecil Whig. A 43-year-old Elkton lawyer announced this week that he plans to file his candidacy for the county Clerk of the Court on the 2010 ballet. Derrick Lowe, a Republican, said he is anxious to start campaigning because he doesn’t have strong name recognition despite living in Cecil County for seven years. “Most people are probably more familiar with my wife,” he said. His wife, Dr. Elizabeth Lowe, is a surgeon at Union Hospital and has deep roots in Cecil County. Lowe, who grew up in Tennessee, earned his law degree in 2008 from Widener University Law School and currently has a practice with Wanda “Cricket” Brown in Elkton. “I’ve been considering running for clerk for awhile now,” he said. Lowe gained familiarity with the clerk’s office and its staff during the year he worked as a law clerk for District Court Judge O. Robert Lidums, finishing that task in March. Lowe said he is confident that he has the tools to do the job and pointed to his education and work experience in both business management and the law. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and a master’s degree in business administration, in addition to his law degree. “I’ve got 10 years of automotive experience with Nissan in Tennessee where I focused on quality and supervision,” he said. “I think I can bring fresh ideas to this position using my business and legal background.” Acknowledging longtime Clerk of the Court William Brueckman’s legacy, Lowe said the incumbent has created and excellent staff in a well-functioning office.
  2. 2. “I do think I can tweak what’s in place and improve the efficiency of the process and the quality of the product,” Lowe said. “I’m excited about running because I think there’s a lot of support for me.” His year as a full-time law clerk required him to deal daily with judicial files and staff, with whom he said he already has a rapport. “I’d just like to make the office better because even though it is a low-profile office, it has constant dealings with the public,” said Lowe, who noted that everything from marriage, divorce, real estate transactions, business licenses and law suits all go through the clerk’s office. Lowe said electronic case filing will be coming in the future and he has experience in that arena. Other records eventually will be transferred electronically, freeing up valuable floor space in the clerk’s office, he said. Jason Allison, another lawyer in Elkton, will be Lowe’s campaign treasurer and he said he’s in the process of forming his election committee. “I want to get started campaigning early,” he said. Lowe lives in Elkton with his wife, son and daughter.

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