WELLSBURG - Linda Roberts Viderman of Wellsburg has declared her candidacy for one of two Brooke County magistrate positions in the May 8 primary election.
A Democrat, Viderman has 27 years of paralegal experience, is a former judge's assistant and is employed as a legal assistant by the Wheeling law firm of Cassidy, Myers, Cogan and Voegelin.
A lifelong Brooke County resident, she has been owner and corporate executive of Panhandle Homes Inc. for 25 years.
She has been a volunteer tax preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for 26 years, for which she was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service for Outstanding Public Service; and a notary public for 21 years.
Viderman said, "My experience as a paralegal, in many areas of law, enables me to understand a multitude of legal issues and includes extensive work in criminal law, business law, family law, civil litigation, legal contracts, landlord/tenant issues, labor law, deed and title searches, personal injury claims, Social Security, disability, workers comp, black lung, unemployment, wills and estates, contractor's law, medical malpractice, bankruptcy and insurance."
Viderman said she believes magistrates and other court officials shouldn't appear to favor certain interests before or after an election and always should conduct themselves in a dignified and conscientious manner in and outside the courtroom.
"Maintaining independence from public and political influence is necessary to promote confidence in the integrity of the judiciary. Accordingly, my personal habits and outside activities are compatible with judicial office," she said.
"Electing a magistrate that possesses integrity and moral courage, legal ability, wisdom, intelligence and the capacity to be fair-minded and deliberate is crucial to the welfare of this community," Viderman said.
"I am for the people of Brooke County and believe my qualifications are ideal for the position of magistrate. My vast and varied legal occupations, continuing education, diverse employment and entrepreneurial business experiences have prepared me well for this noble work," she said.