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Krom running for judge

January 12, 2009|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Angela Rosenberry Krom announced Monday that she is running for judge in the 39th Judicial District of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, becoming the third candidate in the race for two positions on the bench.

"I know that if I am given the opportunity, I will be the kind of judge the people of Franklin and Fulton counties will be proud of -- a judge who rules always with fairness, integrity and common sense -- a judge who rules with compassion when the situation calls for it, and with toughness and firmness when the situation demand it," Krom told an audience of about 70 people at the Franklin Fire Hall.

Krom, 37, of Waynesboro, Pa., announced her candidacy earlier in the day in McConnellsburg, Pa., and will hold another kickoff event Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad Building. She told supporters her dozen years as a prosecutor have given her a wealth of courtroom experience.

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"Since I joined the District Attorney's Office in 1996, I have prosecuted every type of case imaginable -- from low-level misdemeanor to violent felony and criminal homicide cases," Krom said. "I have prosecuted juvenile offenders; I have prosecuted domestic violence and sexual assault cases, and the STOP Violence Against Women Act prosecutor. Sadly, I have prosecuted my share of heartbreaking child-abuse cases."

Krom, a Republican, said she has also argued cases before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts, and worked with the Franklin County Drug Task Force.

"As you can imagine, being a mother has really opened my eyes to what is important in life -- my family, my community and a strong commitment to the welfare, safety and security of both," Krom said.

"The bench needs energy and enthusiasm ... I think that's a good counter to anyone who says I'm too young," Krom said afterward about being the youngest candidate.

"A judge of the Court of Common Pleas is a trial judge and I think we need an attorney with plenty of trial experience," said District Attorney John F. Nelson, who also is her campaign manager. "None of the other candidates has her trial experience."

"In the past six or seven years, I haven't made a major decision in my office without consulting her," he said.

Assistant District Attorney Tim Wilmot announced last week that he is running for judge and in November, County Solicitor Shawn Meyers announced his candidacy.

The 39th District will expand from four to five judges in 2010 and there is a vacancy now with the retirement of President Judge John R. Walker. In Pennsylvania judicial races, candidates can cross-file to run in both the Republican and Democratic primaries, something Wilmot said he will do.

In 2008, Common Pleas Court judges were paid $157,441, according to Art Heinz, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. A cost-of-living adjustment for 2009 is under review, he said.

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