Another candidate has announced a bid for the Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas judgeship left open by the retirement of Judge Samuel A. Kline.

Attorney Liz Judd has entered the race. She joins attorney Donna Long Brightbill as the second of two announced candidates to date.

Read More: Republican attorney Donna Long Brightbill runs for Lebanon County judge

Judd said in a press release that her 25-year legal career has focused on public service.

“I have served the residents of Lebanon County as an attorney in the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and for Children and Youth Services cases,” said Judd. “It would be my honor to continue my dedication to our community as the next Judge on the Court of Common Pleas for Lebanon County.”

According to Judd’s biography, she began her career in public service with the Lebanon County District Attorney’s office as assistant district attorney and, later, first assistant district attorney under the late David Arnold. Judd unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Arnold for the DA position as a Democrat in the 2013 general election – as a contemporary Patriot-News article reported, there was no love lost between the two candidates.

Judd said that in the District Attorney’s Office, she obtained favorable verdicts in serious felony cases, including homicides.

Judd currently works as a senior deputy district attorney in Cumberland County’s Special Victims Unit, in addition to serving in Lebanon County as a divorce master (a court-appointed official who decides issues of property distribution and alimony) and a conflict counsel for Children and Youth Services (representing defendants without financial means to otherwise employ counsel).

Judd said that even as a private attorney she continued to serve the public as a conflict counsel for the Lebanon County Public Defender’s Office, and that she is currently appointed by the Lebanon County Court as an arbitrator as well as a guardian ad litem (an attorney appointed by a court to represent the interests of a child).

“I know first-hand the legal system only works when all parties involved are properly represented,” said Judd in the press release. “I pledge to treat every person who walks into my courtroom with respect and dignity.”

Judd said that she will run in this election as a Republican.

Judd’s biography includes several volunteer activities, including 14 years on the board for Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, the majority of which she has also served as president. Judd is also a member of the Lebanon County Commission for Women and chairs the Glass Slipper Project committee.

“My life experiences, both in and outside of the courtroom, have given me a well-rounded background that I will bring to the bench,” said Judd.

Judd has an undergraduate degree from Penn State Harrisburg and a law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School. She lives in South Annville Township with her husband, Patrick, and two children.

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