District justice profile/Michael Hennessy

May 14, 2003

Editor's note: 10 candidates are running in the May 20 primary for the new District 7 District Justice seat in Franklin County, Pa. The top two vote-getters in the Republican and Democratic primaries will advance to the general election Nov. 4. District 7 serves residents of Guilford and Quincy townships and the Borough of Mont Alto. Candidates provided the following information to The Herald-Mail.

Michael K. Hennessy


Address: 686 Bowman Road, Chambersburg, Pa.

Party: Republican

Employment: Self-employed.

What are your qualifications?

"My education and business experience make me the most qualified candidate for the district justice position. I am a native of Chambersburg, but have traveled the world extensively, I graduated from the University of Dayton (Ohio) in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in business management and graduated in 1990 from Harvard Business School's Owner President Management Program.


"I became president of Hennessy Products Inc. in 1984. Over the next 13 years, we grew the company to more than 300 employees with a world-renowned reputation in the outdoor enclosure industry. The many fact-based decisions that are made on a daily basis when operating a manufacturing business gives me the experience needed to administer the district justice responsibilities.

"Our employees were very dedicated, however, many problems do come up and must be handled fairly and justly.

What is the role of a district justice?

"The role of solving problems in a fair and just manner across the board is the most important role of the district justice."

Why are you seeking this position?

"I am seeking this position because I see it as another way I can give back to the community."

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