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Redding running for magisterial judge

February 15, 2009|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Attorney and businesswoman Carol Anne Redding announced recently that she is running for the Magisterial District Judge in District 39-3-03, which encompasses Hamilton, Letterkenny, Lurgan, Fannett and Metal townships.

As an attorney for more than 10 years, Redding said she has experience in civil and criminal cases, as well as juvenile, family, real estate and business law. That includes landlord-tenant disputes and other small-claims cases that are often resolved at the district magistrate level, she said.

"The district court is often the first court that most of us come into contact with, whether it is by our choice or someone else's choice," she said in her announcement Tuesday at the 30 West Restaurant.

Redding, 48, a Hamilton Township resident for 20 years, is the second candidate to announce she is seeking the seat once held by state Sen. Richard Alloway. Businessman David L. Plum, 43, who also lives in Hamilton Township, announced his candidacy in December.

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Redding received her law degree in 1998 from Widener University-Harrisburg, Pa. She is a partner with her husband, Patrick J. Redding.

Before becoming a lawyer, she worked for the late District Justice William J. Stouffer and the late Franklin County Prothonotary John George. She is also part owner and chief operating officer of Celtic Cablynx Corp., a cable construction business in West Virginia.

Other experience includes working as a solicitor for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and Southampton Township, she said.

A Democrat, Redding said she will cross-file to run in both the Democratic and Republican primaries on May 19.

"I feel this judicial position is too important to the people to be determined by a political label and will ask all voters, Republicans, Democrats and independents for their support," she said.

"I personally don't think a judgeship is in any way a political office," Redding said later in the day. To maintain that independence, she said she will not solicit or accept any monetary contributions to her campaign.

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