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Monday, February 23, 2009

Attorney Robert Kuhl Officially Announces Candidacy For Potter County Judge

Robert W. Kuhl Enters Race For Judge
Attorney Robert W. Kuhl

I am officially announcing my candidacy for the office of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Potter County (55th judicial district).

After learning of Judge Leete’s decision to retire and consulting with family, friends, and members of the community, I believe that my experience, temperament, and independence amply qualify me to assume the fine tradition established by Judge Leete throughout his term on the bench.

A large part of my professional career has been oriented toward public service and I look forward to providing that public service in this new and challenging capacity.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Dickinson College and my Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

Upon passing the bar exam, I served as law clerk for the Honorable Robert M. Kemp in Wellboro from 1983 to 1985. I then went into partnership with Robert Dalton in Blossburg, PA, in a neighborhood practice until Judge Dalton was elected to succeed Judge Kemp.

I then established a solo practice in Lawrenceville, PA while also serving as law clerk for Judge Leete from 1990 to 1995. In 1995 I was appointed Public Defender for Potter County until 2002 when I assumed a position with the Domestic Violence Service Agency, “A Way Out,” representing victims of domestic violence in a variety of civil and family legal matters.

In addition to my judicial experience working closely with Judge Leet and Judge Kemp, I have served as Mental Health Review Officer for Tioga County since 1990. In that capacity, I have presided over and decided hundreds of commitment hearings evaluating testimony, evidence, and balancing the safety needs of the patient and public with the liberty rights of the patient.

Outside my professional contributions, I have been supportive of community activities including serving as past president of A.C.T.S. (Action for the Community Through Service), Rotary Member, and Board member from Potter County for the Lumber Heritage Region.

I look forward to continuing my commitment to public service in our county where my family has resided for generations.

My great-great-grandfather, Adelbert Karhan, immigrated from Vienna and settled in Oleona to run the hotel there. My great-grandmother, Ina Whitney, a school teacher from Mills married Richard Van Doren Kuhl after he built her a wooden sidewalk along a muddy length of the road by the sawmill where he worked and watched her pass every day on her way to school.


Our county needs a judge who inspires confidence that all who appear before the Court will be treated with equal respect, courtesy, and consideration without prejudice as to associations, affiliations, or connections and that decisions are made based on the facts and law of each case.

I am prepared to meet this challenge.


Those wishing to learn more about my candidacy are encouraged to contact me at the addresses or phone numbers below.


Office: Robert W. Kuhl, Esq.
30 E. 2nd St., Ste. B
Coudersport, PA 16915
814-260-0089

Home: 103 Allegany Ave.
Coudersport, PA 16915
814-274-7579

53 comments :

Anonymous said...

bob,

thanks for your hard work on behalf of the victims of domestic violence.

good luck with your campaign!!

Anonymous said...

I don't know.....I'm thinking from the get go that the race will come down to Glassmire and Minor.

Anonymous said...

good luck, Bob!

Anonymous said...

The odds are going to be heavy for this distinguished gentleman due to name recognition and other factors.
I'd like to suggest this slogan to appeal to the masses:
"A dildine in every pot."
Good luck, Bob!
Kelly

Anonymous said...

Good Luck to all of the canidates. Each one of these gentlemen would make a fine judge in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

YES, GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL .. THOSE RUNNING AGAINST MR. MINOR NEED ALL THE LUCK THEY CAN GET !

Anonymous said...

In my mind it will all come down to which candidate can secure the hard to get Dildine Vote. They always seem to sway the election one way or another. I would suggest to the candidates to get close with "C" Gaines to get the Dildine award handed out on special occasions. Good luck! Pro Dildines!!

Anonymous said...

From personal experience, I know Bob is a very good person. I also think he's a very good attorney. As other people have said, he doesn't have the name recognition. It appears, like Dan Glassmire, he has strong Potter County roots though. Although I have strong Potter County roots, I don't think that should matter.

Is there going to be a forum to hear all of the candidates? What can candidates for Potter County Judge campaign on?

I hope voters can get some insight on what they might expect for the next ten years on the bench. It shouldn't be a popularity contest.

This is a very important position in our community. Judge Leete has done a stellar job. And whoever replaces him, I hope does a stellar job as well.

Anonymous said...

The Dildine vote is highly over-rated. Is there any evidence that it has called an election in Potter County or any other voter precinct?

My suggestion to candidates--run on your judicial philosophies and your temperament.

I wouldn't pay much attention to the Dildine vote, although it's important.

Maybe make a few phone calls here and there (you know the heavy-hitters to contact), but that's about it. Even the Dildine vote will award the best candidate whether you line up with all their positions or not.

Anonymous said...

Why do those running against Mr. MiNoR need all the help they can get?

Anonymous said...

I think the dildines are moving towards Kuhl. Cool!

Anonymous said...

I have known Bob Kuhl for over 15 years. His honesty and impartially, along with his integrity and dedication will make him a great Judge. I am proud to know him as a friend and to give him my support in this election. Please join me in making him the next Judge of Potter County.

Anonymous said...

Just over the past few hours, this candidate's star has risen and I think it could be come trendy.
I attribute it to, you guessed it, the "D-word."
This could also appeal to the youth vote. Remember chants at the basketball games and the banners? Whether Bob will recognize this and use it in his campaign advertising remains to be seen.

Anonymous said...

How many votes to you think the "D's" have 400 perhaps 500? It would be great if they all rallied behind him, but they're not an organized group. They haven't had a meeting for years. All the candidates should run on their respective judicial philosophies and temperaments. The "D" vote is very allusive and hard to capture in totality. I've seen candidates try to do it and only one unique candidate has been able to pull it off in Potter County.

Anonymous said...

This man is not fit to be a judge. Wow, you don't have much of a choice in Potter County do you? Definitely Kuhl is not fit to do the job. I thought you had a poor choice in Glassmire but Kuhl is not the man for the job. I am not a Stevie Minor fan either but so far he looks the best of the lot. I do know all three too! I really don't have anything again Stevie Minor but I do not know his legal but ethically and trustworthy, I think Minor is the job. Kuhl lost my trust when he helped a woman make a false allegation against someone who wouldn't hurt a flea! HE wouldn't be fair as a judge if he doesn't want to get to the truth and just wants to run the county tab up with his defending women who make up their stories just to get their back at men.

Signed,
A woman who saw through your tactics!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I admit it, I am clueless. Could someone please explain this whole dildine thing to me?

Anonymous said...

You don't want to know the dildine thing. It's just a running joke started by a bunch of local fools, including one of your county commissioners. It's similar to writing on bathroom walls.

Anonymous said...

What in the world is a dildine?????????????

Anonymous said...

OMG haven't heard the word "dildine" since my Adelphia days! LOL!! Hello, all you dildine proponents!

Anonymous said...

really funny stuff. just a bunk of dildorks.

Anonymous said...

If Mr. Kuhl was doing such marvelous work for A Way Out, then why did he leave to open a private practice?

Seems from his resume that he doesn't stay any one place very long. Term as Judge is for 10 years.

Seems that would be way too long for him.

Anonymous said...

If Mr. Kuhl was doing such a fine job at A Way Out Why did he leave?

Anyone ask?

From the resume it seems as though Mr. Kuhl has some committment issues. Being Judge means for 10 years you do the same job.

Doesn't seem a good fit for someone who changes jobs like I change my socks.

Anonymous said...

He's just as LIBERAL as Glassmire

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter, most anyone I talk to, says, Who is Bob Kuhl? He is not well known at all. Election is half popularity and Glassmire has alot of family, but popularity, I don't think so,. Arrogant, Loud Obnoxious, cheap, Yes!!!

Anonymous said...

Say you were judge, let's say judge jessie (so as not to confuse you with judge judy), would you believe it if someone tried to get their client a break because the client is retarded? How would you react?
these are the questions that MUST be answered by those running. there could be anything at stake, including our rights to trap.

Anonymous said...

He reminds me of the dad from the show Family Ties.

Anonymous said...

People are underestimating the DILDINE vote. This is the only chance Kuhl would have and Glassmire clearly controls the Dildine vote. Get the DILDINES, get the election. Simple as that. Has anyone seen the coveted Dildine potato chip bag lately???

Anonymous said...

This evening at the Sweden Valley Inn there was discussion of this dildine stuff.
A gentleman named Ernest O. (Bowsy) Mosch Jr. had some insight. He said his parents used to own Mosch's Tavern.
The Dildine was born up where Mr. Kuhl's future forefather observed his future foremother walking to school and declared that she shall be his bride.
Alas, a nearby family was named "Dildine" and the name has lived on.
Mr. Glassmire is not really going after dildine vote and it instead appears to be in Mr. Kuhl's corner. YThat is what Mr. Mosch said. I do believe that the Glassmire children might be dildine fans which if true would only help that campaign.
Ernest O. Mosch Jr. (Bowsy) is related to the Dildine family and said they have a tombstone in Andrews Settlement that bears the family name prominently and can be seen from the intersection there. I intend to travel to that region soon and walk the cemetery in search of the aforementioned inscription.
Mr. Mosch cites a family political lineage in support of Mr. Glassmire but admits to a leaning toward Mr. Kuhl in the event that the latter truly embraces the dildine legacy.
If one really wants to know what this dildine phenomenon is all about, no one knows more about it than Mr. Mosch. He spoke in great detail this evening.

Anonymous said...

This just in!!! It has been reported on the DILDINE FAMILY Genealogy website that Glassmire plans on advocating local law makers to make a new holiday in Potter County! DILDINE DAY!!! The plan is to incorporate the world famous DILDINE FAMILY SINGERS, as well as the one and only DONALD DILDINE, who is believed to be 107 years old giving the keynote address. With this new admission it now seems the Dildine vote has firmly shifted toward Mr. Glassmire....Who knows what will happen, it is only the primaries!

Anonymous said...

Whoa! On behalf of the Minor campaign please remember that 2 of the candidates sons have been players on the basketball teams when the entire gym was chanting "dildine, dildine!"
Bowser Mosch can say what he wants but that vote gets split up three ways.

Anonymous said...

Oh but don't forget that Danny Glassmire was a memeber of the basketball team when Dildine starting becoming a household name. With this new consideration of Dildine Day Glassmire's got it going on in the Dildine community!

Anonymous said...

So this whole dildine thing sounds like it boils down to a bunch of inbreds that probably don't vote anyway. So it means nothing. It just gives those of you with highly active imaginations something to talk about rather than exchanging Pokemon cards or playing Dungeons and Dragons? Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

Leighton said...

I do not think that Bob Kuhl is without talent, nor do I think he's a bad person, but for Potter County Judge, he just isn't right for the job. Kuhl is probably quite a good Mental Health Officer. That position suits Kuhl's strengths and temperament much better than being a judge. There is no question that Kuhl cares for people, but we need a judge who's going to be tough but fair on the bench. In the case of Kuhl, "fair" is less of a concern than "tough," because if you have followed his career or know much about him at all, you'll see a tendency to be left-leaning and lenient, perhaps a little timid. Also, I have had the opportunity to see Kuhl in court, and he seems to be a fine attorney, as long as everything sticks to the expected script and order things generally go in, for such situations, but if there are surprises, he gets thrown quite easily. A judge cannot be thrown easily or be at all timid and still be an effective judge. Not everyone needs to agree with me, but I think Judge Leete is an example of what you think of when you think of a judge: Venerable. He's leaving very big shoes for his successor to fill, and I truly do not think Kuhl is the person for that particular job.
This is a really important election, and I hope that in the end, we all can focus on the facts, issues and candidates' qualifications instead of voting for or not voting for someone based on who else supports a candidate. We're going to be living with this decision for a long time, and the decisions this judge makes on the bench will affect all of us, in one way or another.

Anonymous said...

to the 12:08 PM post. I don't know if I agree with your assessment of Kuhl, but I wholeheartedly agree with your conclusion about this being an extremely important election.

Anonymous said...

To the "inbreds" poster it sounds like you know little about the Dildine power. It would be advisable to do a little research before you make such a knuckledragging comment about Dildine followers. It sounds like you need to open your mind up a little and get out of the manure pill you call home. If you only knew the power the Dildine carries you would never make such comments!The Dildines will be watching...

Anonymous said...

If the Dildines are so scary and powerful, maybe someone should let the rest of us in on the "joke." Are they like the Skull and Bones Society? I for one, will readily admit knuckle-dragging ignorance on this subject, but I'd like to know more!

Anonymous said...

I'm originally from Missouri where they say "Show me the Dildine vote and I'll show you a winner." By the way I know of a Dildine who sits on the bench. That's the Honorable Dan Dildine who has a distinguished career as as a Circuit Court Judge in Lincoln, Missouri.

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, I must say that Bob Kuhl is in no way an impartial practitioner of the law. Ask around. Ask some of those that he "represented". We need a FAIR judge. A judge who really will weigh the facts and act upon them accordingly.

Anonymous said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but are you referring to Dan Dildine V who hails from the Dildine family gene, linked to the orginal Dildine Family establishment in Andrews Settlement the 1850's? From what my Great Granddaddy told me; Dan Dildine I and Dan Glassmire I fought side by side in the Civil War!!! Wow what a crazy connection if true! It sounds like Glassmire is destined to be a judge after all!

Anonymous said...

I must say I'm very tired of hearing how hard it will be to fill Judge Leetes shoes. You should talk to some of the judges who have had to sit in his court in his absence. Or some of the PSP troopers or other law enforcement or attorneys (who care to be honest). We need a judge who will enforce the law fairly, who is unbiased, and who has the guts to not try to please everyone. The nature of the job means you make some people unhappy.

Anonymous said...

Judge Leete has done all the things you say we need in a judge and I hope our next judge does too.

Anonymous said...

as to the comments about Bob Kuhl's many positions. One has to give him lots of credit in that area. He was always trying to better himself and advance in his career. It is like stepping stones climbing up the ladder. Just because someone goes from one job to another is not necessarily a negative thing. Also, one has to leave a government/county funded jobs when you run for election.

Go BOB!

Anonymous said...

YA AIN'T GETTIN' IT

Anonymous said...

Before one gives this candidate any credit for anything, he should have to answer for why he has held so many positions over the years when other attorneys have had sucessful private practices or have managed to hold the same position for years. If the people of Potter County were an employer, and this resume crossed our desk as a candidate for an important job with our company, and we saw so very many positions, some of them held for a very short amount of time, we would be asking that candidate why. It's a detriment for a job seeker to have a lot of jobs in a relatively short time,unless the potential employee can vouch for good reasons for leaving each post; so many "stepping stones" can make a potential employer wonder if there's a personality conflict with this person that renders it impossible for the person to stay at one place for very long, or if there's a problem with the way the employee has managed time or resources in the positions held that led an employer to let the person go. As voters, we in a sense are hiring a new judge, and we should look at each candidate's resume with those eyes. Why didn't Kuhl's last stint in private practice last very long, for instance? I do agree with the 9:56 poster in that when a person decides to run for an elected office, one must leave government-funded positions. That is probably one deciding factor as to why Kuhl left A Way Out, but that does not let him off the hook for answering for all the other comings and goings on his resume.
It is not good enough to support this candidate because he is not Dan Glassmire or he is not Steve Minor. That kind of thinking is backward and dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Including his practice now that's 6 positions in a 26 year period. 3 of them were appointed public sector related pursuits. If anything I would he say he has a lot of legal experience, and one may argue his time as a judicial law clerk would be very valuable preparatory experience for a judge. I don't know who I'm going to vote for, but his average of staying in a position for over 4 years over a 26 year period, doesn't strike me as bad and is arguably a good thing. I maybe way off base, but I don't think it's unusual at all for law clerks to be short-timers so to speak.

Anonymous said...

Look at this resume over the same 26 year period:

1983-1984 Writer/Researcher for Business International Corporation.

1984-1985 Community Organizer for New York Public Interest Research Group (PIRG),

1985-1988 Director of the Developing Communities Project

1992 Led Chicago's Project Vote! push.

1993-2002 Worked as an associate attorney with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland.

1996-2004 Illinois Senate

2004-present- United States Senate

2008 Elected President of the United States of America.

I guess this "prospective employee" had a "personality conflict" too or "couldn't manage his time wisely."

If you notice a lot of Bob's professional experience has been serving the public as opposed to private practice. He may not like the comparison to this individual, but I don't see where holding 6 positions in this such a period of time is such a bad thing. For a Judge it's probably a good thing to have the varied experience with the legal system (I'm not saying the other 2 candidates don't have the experience, I would just lay off this issue with Kuhl).

Anonymous said...

I had one encounter with Robert Kuhl. One day I was in the Court room, I sat on the right side. In the Isle I had sitting two car seats, with my newborn babies in them. As Mr. Kuhl proceeded down the isle, he made a motion to kick one of the car seats with his foot, with a dirty look on his face. I was appalled and could hardly believe a lawyer could be so malicious. I have never forgotten that incident and I now can not believe he is running for Judge.

I am a Mother of six children and have never experienced anything like what happened that day.

God help if he wins and doubt he will.

Anonymous said...

LOL!!! Comparing Bob Kuhl to Barack Obama!
I wonder what people who've worked with this guy think of him. Bob Kuhl, not the President.

Anonymous said...

Here's a suggestion for a campaign slogan!
Bob Kuhl: Striving for Mediocrity Every Day For You!

Anonymous said...

Mother of six, how did you get your car into the courtroom? If you know anything about lumber, it is measured in board feet. Mr. Kuhl may have been taking one of his bored feet and measuring how much wood he would need to build a sidewalk for you and your children.

Anonymous said...

Poster of 11:03:00AM;
What a dork! You need to get a LIfe.

Anonymous said...

As Martin Luther Rodney Junior King once said as he entered Allegany Township, "Can't we all get a Long?"

Anonymous said...

usually candidates kiss babies, not kick them. this is ridiculous. voters, please just ignore this garbage, not just about Kuhl, but about all 3 of the candidates.