Longtime Police Officer to Run for District Judge
January 18, 2017 3:20 PM
by Geoff Rushton
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A 31-year veteran of the State College Police Department announced Wednesday that he will be running for magisterial district judge.

Officer Dave White said he will retire from the police force this spring and seek election for district judge representing Patton Township, Ferguson Township, Halfmoon Township and parts of College Township.

White will retire from the warrant and traffic unit as a Master Police Officer. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, he has served in State College Police's patrol section and has been a D.A.R.E. instructor for Our Lady of Victory Catholic School and the State College Area School District.

“I want to continue to serve the Centre Region as a full-time district judge who has an open-door policy at his district court, providing the opportunity for any citizen to bring forth their issues and concerns,” White said in a release. “This court should be a venue where minor disputes are resolved quickly and without great legal expenses. I will provide firm, fair and balanced judicial services that are administered with respect and to always keep our community safe.”

A registered Republican, he said he plans to cross-file and run on the Republican and Democratic ballots in May.

White said that he has been a strong proponent of community policing and has worked with downtown State College realty companies to reduce assaults and vandalism through the use of video camera systems. He noted that his work on a 1999 serial arson case in State College was featured in a criminal investigation textbook.

He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Penn State and has been an adjunct faculty member for the university's crime, law and justice program. 

White lives in Ferguson Township with his wife, Linda. They have two children.

Former district judge Leslie Dutchcot vacated the seat White is seeking in November 2015 to take a position with a private law firm. Senior Judge Ronald Horner was chosen by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts to temporarily fill the position until the next municipal election, which will be held this year. The primary election is May 16.

White is the third candidate to announce a run for the seat. Attorney and Penn State Law Veterans Clinic co-founder Justin Bish announced his candidacy on Monday. Centre County assistant public defender Casey McClain announced in December that he would run.

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