A lifelong Washington Countian, Nick Sherman has served in the non-profit sector, providing vital services the community through court diversionary programs designed to restore families and protect the community at no cost to taxpayers.
A native of Union Township, Nick’s father taught high school law, government and geography, and later began a construction company. His mom taught special education and later created the Domestic Outreach Center, the non-profit that Nick and his sister Jodie now operate.
His organization works with the courts to direct qualified referrals to treatment plans that cover a range of issues: domestic violence intervention, opioid addiction, underage drinking, retail theft, anger management and, lately, online bullying.
“In my professional life, I need to know I’m helping others every day,” says Nick, 39. “I feel morally bound to help people. It’s how I was raised and it’s one of the main reasons I’m running for Washington County Commissioner.
Nick opposes any tax increases and will fight against any needless expansion of government. His most important goal, he says can be summed up in three words: jobs, jobs, and jobs.
“We’re doing well in Washington County, but we can be doing so much better,” Nick says. He points to expanding employment thanks to the growth in the natural gas industry, and says he’ll work to defend existing industry and attract new ones.
“Government can’t create jobs out of thin air,” he notes. “But we can provide the pro-business, pro-working family atmosphere that allows the free market to thrive and grow.”
Nick grew up in Union Township and after high school worked for his father’s construction company while also attending Clarion University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Shortly after graduation, he moved to North Strabane, where he now lives with his wife, Heather, and their two children, daughter Hadley, 7, and son Maxwell, 5.
In his professional career, Nick worked for then-Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher, State Rep. Mark Mustio, and as field director in the former 18th Congressional District office for Tim Murphy.
A staunch defender of the Second Amendment, Nick belongs to his local sportsman’s club, the National Rifle Association, and Firearms Owners Against Crime. His memberships reflect an active, outdoor life: Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, the Ruff Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, and the North American Fishing Club.
He belongs to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peters, Masonic Lodge 164 of Washington , and the Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh.