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Letter: Marshall Will Take His Work Ethic to the Bench

on November 04, 2017 4:45 AM

Running for office is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work and requires you to develop a tough skin. Unfortunately, it can bring out the worst in people.

I have long supported Brian Marshall for Centre County Judge, but have developed a new respect for him in recent weeks. In a race where character, temperament, and integrity are of the utmost importance, we must consider not only the qualifications of the candidates, but also how they are running their campaigns. Brian has been working 12+-hour days since early July, juggling his law practice and going door-to-door to meet as many voters as possible. From Orviston to Philipsburg and everywhere in between, he has taken the time to listen to the people he will serve as our next Centre County judge.

Perhaps most importantly, he has thought long and hard about what he will do when elected. Brian chose to run now, at the midpoint of his career, because he feels that he has acquired the appropriate skills and experience to serve as judge. With the potential to serve two, 10-year terms, he is in a position to work with the current judges to make positive, lasting change to our court system. He has worked hard to win this election, and will work just as hard as judge.

As the only candidate with specialized education relevant to serving as judge — he is trained in third-party mediation and collaborative law, and is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst — Brian is clearly the best choice. His opponent is touting his jury trial experience, but court documents show our judges spend only about 5 percent of their time on jury trials.

We need the candidate with the right mix of skills, experience, and temperament. One who has demonstrated how hard he will work for the citizens of Centre County. And that candidate is Brian Marshall. Please join me in voting for him on November 7.

Teresa Welch

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