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Judge candidates will continue race into fall

by on May 18, 2017 8:48 AM

The contest between Ronald McGlaughlin and Brian Marshall for court of common pleas judge in Centre County will continue into the fall, as both took a similar share of votes in a split nomination in the May 16 primary.

Both candidates cross-filed.

McGlaughlin grabbed the Republican nomination, winning 65 percent of the votes, 5,462 votes, to Marshall’s 34.27 percent, with 2,880. There were 61 write-ins.

Marshall secured the Democratic nomination, winning 62.25 percent to McGlaughlin’s 37.54 percent, 5,853 to 3,530. There were 20 write-ins.

A vacancy for judge opened in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas, the 49th judicial district, when President Judge Thomas Kistler decided not to run for re-election. He served on the bench for 20 years. The president judge position will we assumed by Judge Pamela Ruest.

Common pleas judges serve 10-year terms and are technically state employees. As of Jan. 1, the salary of a common pleas judge is $178,868.

Marshall, of Patton Township, is a Clearfield native and began his legal career after graduating from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. For the last 13 years, he has practiced at Miller Kistler & Campbell. He is the president of the Centre County Bar Association.

Marshall said his continuing training sets him apart from other attorneys, having received a certified public accountant license, becoming a trained mediator and a designation as a certified divorce financial analyst.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of the primary election, and I am particularly pleased to learn of the broad support that I have across Centre County,” Marshall said in an email on the morning after the election. “I look forward to continuing my campaign into the fall, and getting to know voters in all areas of the county who I have not yet had a chance to meet.”

McGlaughlin, of Harris Township, is originally from Huntingdon County and began practicing law in Centre County in 1987. He received his juris doctor degree from Northern Ohio Law School.

He is a former president of the Centre County Bar Association, having served in the position in 2012-2013.

He currently practices and is a shareholder at Stover, McGlaughlin, Gerace, Weyandt and McCormick P.C. and said he has handled many family law and criminal cases, the two most common types to come before a common pleas judge.

Even though no two cases are exactly the same, he said, he believes his experience has given him a feel for what he would encounter as a judge, both in his trial experience and time clerking in Mifflin County.

“I am humbled and honored by all the support I received on Tuesday and am looking forward to November’s election,” McGlaughlin said. “Having received the majority of the votes cast, I will use the next several months to meet and speak with even more residents. I will continue to work hard to spread the message about why my experience and qualifications make me the most qualified candidate to be the next judge in Centre County.”

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