Magisterial judge candidates to square off

June 27th, 2015 1:35 am

First Posted: 4/4/2013

It’s a chance to meet the candidates.

Those hoping to fill the magisterial district judge seat left vacant when Fred Pierantoni was elected to the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas are invited to a forum hosted by the Wilkes-Barre Area League of Women Voters.

The forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at Pittston Area High School, said Attorney Christine E. McLaughlin, a League member.

The first portion will be held in the auditorium where candidates will be seated on stage and given an opportunity to introduce themselves. The second portion will be held in the cafeteria where the public will be able to talk to candidates one-on-one.

The event is open to the public.

Candidates who filed nomination petitions are Arthur Bobbouine of Pittston, Alexandra Kokura of Dupont, Jeffrey C. Kulick of Hughestown, Qiana Murphy Lehman of Pittston, Girard Mecadon of Jenkins Township, James O’Brien of Pittston, Len Sanguedolce of Pittston and Mark Singer of Pittston.

Two candidates, Murphy Lehman and Kulick will appear on the Democratic ballot only. The rest are cross filed on the Democratic and Republican ballots.

The magisterial district will be larger as of June 1 as the State Supreme Court expanded it by adding the townships of Jenkins and Pittston and the borough of Yatesville to the current district of the City of Pittston and the boroughs of Avoca, Dupont, Duryea and Hughestown.

The two who receive the most party votes will square off in the Nov. 5 general election.

Senior District Judge Andrew Barilla has been presiding over Pittston area cases during the vacancy.

District judges are elected to six-year terms and are paid $86,639 a year.