Ziemba leading Moran in Northern Berkshire Register of Deeds voting

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ADAMS — Early returns Tuesday showed Democrat Maria Ziemba with a commanding lead over Deborah Moran in the race for Northern Berkshire Register of Deeds.

Ziemba received 8,949 votes, while Moran earned 2,905 votes. Those numbers are based on unofficial results from Adams, Cheshire, New Ashford, North Adams, Williamstown, Savoy and Hancock.

The race pitted two veterans of the office against one another in a bid for the top job.

Moran, who has served as the first assistant Register of Deeds since her appointment in 2016, campaigned on the promise that she would continue her ongoing work to improve the Registry of Deeds.

Ziemba, currently head clerk at the registry, said she would offer a breath of fresh air into the office and help to better connect it with the surrounding community.

Between the two candidates, they had more than 40 years of experience in the Registry of Deeds, which records land transactions and property records for the towns of Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams, Savoy, Williamstown and Windsor.

Ziemba ran as a Democrat; Moran was an independent. Both are Adams residents.

Moran touted her work to digitally preserve centuries-old property information, an effort she said would continue if she was elected. The candidate also stressed the need to make the Registry of Deeds office on Park Street handicapped-accessible, a goal she already has begun working toward with town officials.

Moran also expressed a desire to see wireless internet available at the registry office to make connecting with probate court easier for its patrons.

Ziemba also highlighted work digitizing and preserving Registry of Deeds records. The lifelong Adams resident also said she would attend meetings outside the Registry of Deeds office and look to improve relationships with local officials.

Voters did not have to look hard to find an experienced candidate. Ziemba started at the Registry in 1997; Moran has worked there for more than 26 years.

In an election in which most eyes were turned to the district attorney's race, Moran and Ziemba stressed the importance of their office during the campaign.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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