Kokura candidate for magistrate

June 27th, 2015 1:22 am

First Posted: 1/6/2013

Attorney Alexandra Sciandra Kokura, a court appointed Special Master presiding over Family Court, announced Wednesday her candidacy to run for Magisterial District Judge. Alexandra is running for the seat formerly held by Judge Fred A. Pierantoni, III.

Alexandra, a Dupont native, has never before sought elected office. In her full-time role as Special Master, Alexandra has held hundreds of evidentiary hearings, issued hundreds of court orders and recommendations to the Court of Common Pleas. Prior to her appointment as a Special Master, Alexandra served as a law clerk and was responsible for conducting comprehensive legal research and participating in the judicial process of resolving legal issues.

Alexandra also volunteers as Chairwoman of the Pittston Area Youth Aid Panel, a program comprised of members of the community who volunteer to monitor first-time juvenile criminal offenders. With community input, the Youth Aid Panel gives successful juvenile candidates a chance to expunge criminal records.

Alexandra remarked, I have lived in Dupont my whole life. I want to bring my experience as a judicial officer to serve the community where I live and was raised, and where my family has resided for generations.

Alexandra's roots in the greater Pittston community influenced her decision to run for Magisterial District Judge. Her grandfather, Joseph Polack Sciandra, operated dress factories in both Dupont and Duryea and Alexandra's mother, Madelyn Sciandra Kokura, was the owner of two businesses, Madelyn's Bridal Salon and the Dupont Sweater Outlet.

Alexandra continued, As a Special Master, presiding over Family Court, I am required to make difficult decisions that impact the lives of families. Paramount to every decision I make is what is in the best interest of the children. I will bring this experience to our community as a District Judge. I have a detailed plan for public protection and safety, and will continue to be a proactive member of our community.

Alexandra is a graduate of Lehigh University and the Widener University School of Law.

Alexandra resides in Dupont with her husband, Nicholas F. Kravitz, Esq., formerly of Pittston.

An announcement party will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 at the Dupont VFW. All are welcome to attend.