Cambria County’s recorder of deeds has announced he will seek re-election in the 2019 municipal election.
Democrat Ray Wendekier is currently serving his first 4-year term in the office.
Prior to taking office in 2016, Wendekier was self employed in the title abstracting business for 25 years and worked for local attorneys and closing companies in the area completing title examinations for real estate.
“It was during this time that I realized the importance of the recorder of deeds office in maintaining accuracy of the records relating to the ownership of real estate, as well as the preservation of these records,” Wendekier said.
During his first term, Wendekier said he was able to implement technology to make the recording process more efficient and more accessible through online searching.
“Additionally, the recorder of deeds office now accepts documents through various vendors for e-filing at no cost to Cambria County, which is an added savings in the reduction of paper and labor to process documents,” Wendekier said.
“This was all completed while reducing the budget within the recorder of deeds office.”
Wendekier serves as first vice president of the Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association, which allows him to be involved in many aspects of ongoing legislation and other issues pertaining to recorder of deeds offices statewide.
“I believe with my past business experience in the real estate industry, as well as working with other elected recorder of deeds across the state of Pennsylvania, puts me in a unique position to understand the responsibilities for maintaining and preserving the real estate records, and the many laws that must be adhered to for the recording of documents within the recorder of deeds office,” Wendekier said.
Wendekier is a lifelong Cambria County resident who currently resides in Clearfield Township near Patton with his wife, Rhonda, and their two children.
He is a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and serves on parish council.