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Waynesboro attorney enters judicial race

January 15, 2009|By DON AINES

Waynesboro, Pa., attorney Eric J. Weisbrod announced Thursday he is joining the race for two judgeships in the 39th Judicial District of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas.

"For any of you here today who have built a business through hard work, personal sacrifice and sweat equity, you can understand how hard it was for me to make a decision to run for judge," said Weisbrod, 39, who has practiced law in Franklin and Fulton counties since 1997. "If I am successful, I will have to close what has been a wonderful chapter in my life."

"However, the encouragement that I have received as I have contemplated this decision to run has reassured me that my decision is the right one for the good of the system," Weisbrod told a group of about 50 supporters, including some county officials, law enforcement members and fellow attorneys, at the Copper Kettle. Earlier in the day, he hosted campaign kickoff events in Waynesboro and McConnellsburg, Pa.

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The youngest of seven children, Weisbrod talked about losing his father at the age of 2 and his late mother supporting the family.

"What I inherited from her turned out to be more valuable than money," Weisbrod said. "I inherited her common sense, her spirit for perseverance and a work ethic that allowed me to put myself through college and law school while raising a family of my own."

A graduate of Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., Weisbrod has practiced law in Franklin County since 1997, opening his own law office in 2002. Weisbrod serves as the special prosecutor for the Fulton County Domestic Relations Office, previously served in that capacity in Franklin County and has experience in several areas of family law.

A Republican, Weisbrod said he has tried numerous civil and criminal cases, including being lead council in a death penalty case. He has represented clients before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme courts, the U.S. Federal Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

"My experience in appearing before courts outside the 39th Judicial District has exposed me to a variety of methods of conducting courtroom business that may be useful to develop new practices in our judicial district," Weisbrod said. That experience will help him "effectively bring together the views of sometimes opposing agencies for the purpose of enhancing the administration of justice," he said.

Franklin County Solicitor Shawn Meyers, Assistant District Attorney Tim Wilmot and Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom previously announced their candidacies.

The 39th Judicial District includes Franklin and Fulton counties.

Judicial candidates can cross-file to run in both the Republican and Democratic primaries on May 19.

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

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