A challenger is jumping into the race for circuit court clerk in Roanoke.

Terri Price, 39, announced she’s launching a bid for the elected office whose responsibilities include overseeing records for the city’s main court, issuing marriage licenses, and recording land deeds.

Price, a Roanoke native, currently works as a senior probation and parole officer for the state, a position she’s held for 14 years.

This is her first run for public office. She plans to seek the Democratic nomination.

The court clerk is one of five independently elected constitutional officers in the city. The seat is currently held by two-term incumbent Brenda Hamilton.

Hamilton, a Democrat, worked in the clerk’s office for 27 years before winning election to its top post in 2003.

She announced last month she was seeking re-election.

An intraparty challenge would mean the candidates compete for the Democratic nomination. The local party committee hasn’t yet filed notice of the type of nomination process it plans to use, according to the registrar’s office.

Filing deadlines for party candidates can vary depending on the type of process picked.

The deadline for independent hopefuls to get on the general election ballot is June 11. No contenders have filed at this point, election officials said.

In her written candidacy announcement, Price pledged to offer “heartfelt customer service” to the public and said she’s committed to pursuing innovative strategies to modernize and improve services.

She vowed to foster a supportive workplace environment and strengthen relationships with outside stakeholders.

Hamilton, in her campaign kickoff last month, highlighted the office’s embrace of digital technology and said she remains committed to making information easier to access for the public.

“Customer service will always be top priority in my administration,” she said.

The circuit court clerk’s position comes with an eight-year term and is currently paid an annual minimum of $132,137. Responsibilities include managing a staff of 23 deputy clerks.

In addition to the clerk’s office, Roanoke will be electing its next state delegate and senator in the general election set for Nov. 5.

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Alicia Petska covers what's happening in Roanoke County and the City of Salem.

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