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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Elect Barry L Church Magisterial District Judge 55-4-01

Barry L Church
Magisterial District Judge

SHINGLEHOUSE – Barry L. Church has announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Judge for District Court 55-4-01 in the 2011 election. He has cross filed for the six-year seat which is being vacated by Barbra J Easton.

Mr. Church will bring to the position a diverse background from both the public and private sectors. His life experience gained as a business owner, local government official, community volunteer, and dealing with the many difficulties of family life in today’s society is unmatched by the other candidates vying for this position. Often the first contact in the legal system, the local Magistrate must deal with a multitude of complex issues and mitigating circumstances involving the citizens appearing before the court.

The senior of the four candidates, Church possesses the necessary combination of knowledge, maturity, temperament, common sense, and values to fulfill the duties of this demanding position. Knowledge can be gained thru education, wisdom is gained thru life experiences. If the circumstances and difficulties of everyday life necessitate that you or a loved one must appear before the court, or seek advice involving a personal situation, you would feel more confident knowing that the Magistrate can apply that wisdom and experience to his decisions or advice.

Voters should also consider the long term cost to the taxpayers when casting their ballot. This position is covered under the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System which is funded in part by the state taxpayers. Retirement benefits are calculated by a formula that includes a class of service multiplier, the number of years of credited service, the final average salary, and numerous other contributing factors.

The younger candidates could put in 24 years of service and have full retirement benefits by the time they reach their mid fifties. With a modest estimated life expectancy of 80 years old they could collect retirement benefits for decades costing the taxpayers literally millions of dollars. An older candidate would be unable to reach the 24 years of service to qualify for full retirement and with the same life expectancy of 80 would receive much smaller benefits for a much shorter period of time. The cost savings is obvious and depending on numerous variables could amount to millions of dollars. Don’t be misled. Visit the PSER website and do the math.

Before you cast your ballot, become informed and consider the importance of this position. This Magistrate will be making potentially life changing decisions and the life that is changed by that decision could be yours.

Church was the owner and operator of B. L. Church Construction for 30 years, successfully completing projects in multiple states on the East coast. He is currently employed by Campus Construction Management Group of Rochester, NY as a Project Manager / Contract Administrator responsible for school construction projects in several communities. He and his wife are also the owners of Shinglehouse U-Storit, a
local self-storage facility.

Mr. Church has been a resident of Shinglehouse since 1977. He is married to Janette Lanphere Church and has two adult children and five grandchildren. He is a 1973 graduate of Bolivar Central School and attended Alfred State College in 1974-75.

He has been actively involved in local government his entire adult life, serving as a member of the Shinglehouse Borough Council for 29 years, with the last nine years as president. During this time he has served on the finance, personnel, water, sewer, and police committees. He has shared in the responsibility of writing, enacting and enforcing local laws and ordinances. Also during his tenure, he was instrumental in the reconstruction of the Borough Park and nature trail. This included acquiring all applicable grants, designing the majority of the facilities and voluntarily assisting with the construction of nearly all of the park infrastructure.

Mr. Church was a charter member and three-time past president of the Oswayo Valley Lions Club. For fifteen years he served as co-chairman of the Shinglehouse Fourth of July celebration, the Country Festival. In his spare time he enjoys spending it with his family, outdoor recreational activities, golfing, and attends church on a regular basis.

Magisterial District Court 55-4-01 includes the voting precincts of ; Allegany, Clara, Genesee, Hebron, Pleasant Valley, Roulette, North Sharon, South Sharon, and Oswayo Townships; Shinglehouse and Oswayo Boroughs.

Thank you in advance for your consideration on Election Day.

PLEASE COME OUT AND VOTE ON MAY 17TH. Adv. paid by the candidate