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District 3 District Judge primary profiles - Alloway / Weyman

May 15, 2003

Editor's note: Two candidates are running in the May 20 primary for the District 3 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 3 serves residents of Hamilton, Fannett, Letterkenny, Lurgan and Metal townships. Candidates provided the following information to The Herald-Mail.




Richard L. Alloway


Age: 35

Address: 100 Emerald Drive, Hamilton Township, Pa.

Party: Republican, but cross-filed.

Employment: Self-employed consultant.

What are your qualifications?

Alloway graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School and is a graduate of Shippensburg (Pa.) University with a degree in government. After graduation, he worked as an assistant for state Sen. Terry Punt in the Chambersburg office. Alloway recently graduated from Widener School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa., and passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam. Alloway was active in the Franklin County Republican Party as a committee member, chairman of voter registration and elected as state committeeman.

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What is the role of a district justice?

"I feel the most important role of a district justice is to know and understand the law and apply it fairly to everyone. It is extremely important to our justice system that our courts are thought of as fair and impartial. I would not want anyone to leave my courtroom feeling they did not get a fair hearing."

Why are you seeking this position?

"Now that I have completed my law school education, I am looking forward to being back among my friends and family in Franklin County. There are many young people who go before the district justice. I feel I can better understand them and relate to the pressures they face from today's society. Hopefully, having someone who understands them will help guide them back onto a good, productive path. There are lessons to be learned from every situation. I want everyone who goes awry of the law to learn something from the experience and hopefully not repeat it."




John Weyman


Age: 58

Address: 10300 Upper Strasburg Road, Letterkenny Township, Pa.

Party: Republican, but cross-filed.

Employment: District Justice for District 3 for the past 12 years.

What are your qualifications?

"During the past 12 years as district justice, I have presided over 3,500 cases a year and have seen the growing problem that drug use and alcohol abuse has created in our community and in the court system. I have also recognized an increase in domestic violence which threatens the very structure of our family life. My involvement in several boards related to Women in Need has provided insight into the protection services available in the county for abuse victims.

"In addition to bachelor's and master's degrees, I was certified by the Minor Judiciary Board of Pennsylvania to serve in 1992. I have maintained yearly continuing education through the state Minor Judiciary School as well as attending conferences dealing with legal and judicial matters. With a case load of 3,500 cases a year for the past 12 years, I certainly have the judicial experience in successfully handling courtroom work and dealing with people with varied needs."

What is the role of a district justice?

"The position of District Justice demands a person with the proper temperament and demeanor who can make sound judgments under all kinds of circumstances. A judge ought to be a person who has been successful in his own personal and family life and thus knows how to give wise direction and counsel to those who come before the court."

Why are you seeking this position?

"The reason I am running for re-election is that I thoroughly enjoy my work as a district justice and wish to continue the successful work I have been doing with people in our communities. Since taking office in 1992 I have brought major changes to the office including clearing a case backlog and creating a brand new office facility in the Pleasant Hall Fire Co. complex."

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