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Voters guide: Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Centre County

All candidates were asked to respond to the following question:

What are your three top priorities for this position?

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Centre County

Term : 10 years

Salary : $176,572

REPUBLICAN

Ronald S. McGlaughlin

Campaign website : ronforjudge.com

Date of birth : Sept. 9, 1959

Education : Susquehanna University, B.A.; Ohio Northern University, J.D.

Occupation : Stover, McGlaughlin, Gerace, Weyandt & McCormick PC

Qualifications : 29 years experience as trial lawyer; extensive experience in criminal and family law, the cases that most often come before a judge; common sense philosophy protecting our families, our values and the integrity of our court.

Answer to question : 1. Earn the trust and respect of all citizens of Centre County by virtue of my actions and decisions. 2. Use my experience, knowledge and understanding of the issues to make the difficult decisions required of a judge on a daily basis. 3. Demonstrate respect, patience and impartiality toward all parties coming before the court, while at the same time enforcing civility and decorum standards currently in place.

DEMOCRAT

Katie Oliver

Campaign website: KatieOliverForJudge.com

Date of birth: Sept. 14, 1968

Education: 1995, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude; 1991, Bucknell University, B.A., cum laude.

Occupation: Attorney/partner, McQuaide Blasko Law Offices

Qualifications: 20 years practicing law in Pennsylvania courts; federal court mediator; professional leadership county and statewide; admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Answer to question: My first priority is ensuring every day that people who come for the court are treated fairly and compassionately, that the court is driven by truth and rule of law, and that all matters are handled in an above-board manner. Another important priority is focusing on court efficiency. Adopting a comprehensive mediation program could potentially save the court and those who come before it significant time, energy and money. Equally important is a commitment to studying programs that can simultaneously serve justice and larger community needs, including mental health courts, drug courts and programs focusing on veterans’ issues.

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