A Camden woman has filed her intention to seek the Knox County judge of probate position.

Sarah Ruef-Lindquist filed papers this week with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices stating her intent to seek the Democratic nomination for the post. She is running as a privately financed candidate.

Ruef-Lindquist, if she is elected at her party’s primary, will likely challenge incumbent Republican Judge of Probate Carol Emery of St. George.

Emery announced last month that she would seek re-election. Emery, a Republican, has held the post since 1990. She has been uncontested in her past few re-election attempts.

The probate judge post runs for four years. The judge oversees matters such as guardianships, adoptions and probation of wills.

Ruef-Lindquist was elected in December to be president of the Maine Bar Foundation. The foundation operates law-related charitable work.

She also was the leader last year in changing the law in Camden that prohibited most homeowners from raising chickens.

The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers is March 15. The primaries will be held June 8 with the winner of the primaries and any unenrolled candidates squaring off in the Nov. 2 general election.