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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Elect Barry D. Brown For Cameron County Magisterial District Judge

Barry D. Brown for Magisterial District Judge
The office of Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) is very much a “Sum of its Parts”.
First, a MDJ must have the highest level of integrity, honesty, moral and ethical values. This is a position of public trust and the citizens of Cameron County must be able to have the utmost confidence in their MDJ’s value system. This is a position of great authority, and not to be taken lightly. A MDJ must live by these values and exhibit them at all times. I have always treated people with respect, honesty and integrity. I live my life by the adage “a man’s word is his bond” and treat people the way I would like to be treated.

Second, a MDJ must understand and have a genuine concern for their community and the people in it. I truly care about our community and have displayed that very sentiment through my actions and participation over the years. Cameron County has always been my home. I have been involved in it since my early years as a Boy Scout. I have coached and officiated at all levels of youth baseball, (from Minor League to Legion) as well as years of elementary basketball. I have donated countless hours to booster programs, and fund raising. I have been involved in my church as a trustee and its youth ministry. I am Navy Veteran and a member of the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Next, a MDJ must able to relate to everyone in the community. This is a position meant to be elected by the people and, for the people. This position is intended to be filled by someone close to the common man. The industrial work I have spent my adult life doing has made me much closer to the average person and has endowed me with an ability to relate to and understand the very people I would be serving if elected. As a sportsman I have hunted the mountains and fished the streams of Cameron County since my youth. I understand the outdoorsman and appreciate what Cameron County has to offer them. I am up to date on the game laws and understand how they are to be applied. As a family man I understand the importance and dynamics of the family unit. I understand young people and am able to reach them in an authoritative manner.

A MDJ must have an education and certification from the Commonwealth of PA. I have taken the initiative to obtain this required certification. This course is free; however last year I sacrificed all of my vacation plus time without pay to attend this class. I firmly believe I should not seek a position, if I do not possess the proper credentials. Also, please do not under estimate the difficulty or thoroughness of the MDJ course and exam. The Commonwealth of PA does not take this certification/education lightly, nor should anyone else. A class consists of 35 persons. All 35 of the people in my class were taking the course prior to running for their perspective MDJ positions. Of those 35 people, only 7 persons passed the exam with me.

Additionally a MDJ must have the experience that prepares him/her for the position. Since receiving my certification last year, I have been sitting in on cases at our local MDJ Court. I have been doing this to reinforce the training and education I have received; not only for my own peace of mind but also so the people of Cameron County can have confidence in my abilities. Furthermore I grew up in a household where the job of a MDJ was a regular topic of conversation and PA law was discussed openly and frequently over the last 30 years.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please realize this position is not just about credentials. It is far more than education or experience. It is very much about things that cannot be learned: integrity, common sense and a genuine concern for the people of Cameron County. I have demonstrated these characteristics throughout my life, and elected I vow to perform the duties of MDJ in the same manor. I promise to hold the line in Cameron County to keep it a safe place to live, raise children, and work. I will protect your rights, and help to insure our community is safe not only from criminals, but from those who might misuse their positions of enforcement. I will deliver firm but fair justice to all.

Please vote Barry D. Brown for Magisterial District Judge on May 17th.

Adv. paid by candidate.