Mercyhurst welcomes judicial candidates for voters forum

Nine candidates for Erie County judge have been invited to share their views with the public at a voters’ forum on Thursday, May 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall at Mercyhurst College.

“The Candidates Speak - An evening of discussion with the judicial candidates for Erie County Court of Common Pleas” is a free, public event hosted by the Mercyhurst College School of Social Sciences and the Mercyhurst Civic Institute.

The judge candidates include Anthony Angelone, 45, private practice; Daniel Brabender, 56, private practice; Carolyn Gold, 50, gaming revenue manager for Erie County government; Damon Hopkins, 38, private practice; Tony Logue, 53, chief public defender for Erie County; Larry Meredith, 61, personnel director for Erie County; Jeffrey Misko, 43, private practice; Raymond Pagliari Jr., 57, private practice; and Robert Sambroak Jr., 53, first assistant district attorney for Erie County.

The forum will be moderated by Atty. Tina Fryling, chair of the Mercyhurst criminal justice department; and Dr. Michael Federici, professor of political science at Mercyhurst.

“Judicial elections do not occur as frequently as other political contests and yet their results can have a far-reaching impact on our families, our criminal justice agencies, even the way we live our daily lives,” said George Fickenworth, assistant director of the Civic Institute. “That is why we have chosen this opportunity as we approach the May 19 primary election to provide the voters with more knowledge about our candidates.”

For more information, call 824-2327.
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