Youngest Primary Candidate Making Waves in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – For one Jefferson County candidate, this year’s election isn’t just about her first race, it’s about encouraging young people to step up.

At 22 years old, Brianna Bullers is the youngest candidate on the ballot for any of the positions in Jefferson County this year.

A Brookville area native, Bullers graduated from Brookville Area High School and just finished her bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She originally planned to go on to become a Physician’s Assistant, but more recently decided that path wasn’t the best for her.

“It’s just so competitive, I decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do, and after I realized I wouldn’t be going on to become a Physician’s Assistant, I started to look into other options,” Bullers told

According to Bullers, a Republican, her interest in politics started from a young age, developed by her familiarity through her father, Jefferson County Commissioner Herb Bullers.

“I kind of grew up around it,” she noted.

Once she discovered that the current Register, Recorder, and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, Diane Kiehl, was retiring, Bullers decided to speak to her about the position and what it entailed.

Bullers said Kiehl and the staff at the the Register and Recorder’s office helped her understand the type of programs used in the office as well as the kind of training that would be required for the position.

“I decided it sounded really interesting. It just kind of clicked with me.”

According to Bullers, the work that takes place in the Register and Recorder’s office requires particular training in each of the three offices, Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds, and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, and this training is specific to the job and can only be accomplished by Kiehl and her staff.

Fellow Republicans Donna J. Cooper, Scott North, Frank E. Bartley, and Brandi R. Yeaney, are also in the running for the position.

“No matter who is elected, we would all walk in on the first day knowing nothing about the duties of this office,” she noted.

Bullers says that if elected, she’d like to make the Register and Recorder’s office her long-term career.

“I just really want to stay involved in Jefferson County, whether it is through this position or something similar, but ideally through this position.”

Her decision to throw her hat in the ring wasn’t just based on her interest in politics or the job, though.

“There’s a lot of conversation within the county about wanting young people to live, work, and grow in Jefferson County, and that is what I want to do,” Bullers explained.

“I want to stay in Jefferson County to live, work, and grow and encourage other young people to get involved in politics and run for government office.

“I’m hoping that seeing me getting involved will help get other young people involved and encourage them.”

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