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Smith seeks reelection as judge

District judge of 5 years starts campaign

REEDSVILLE – Magisterial District Judge Kent A. Smith has announced his intention to seek re-election in District 58-3-03, which serves Armagh, Brown, Union and Menno townships. Smith plans to cross-file in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

As district judge for the past five years, Smith has presided over preliminary hearings, landlord-tenant complaints and other civil cases. He has also provided notary services as has officiated weddings.

He has also been appointed as special judge to preside over cases from Juniata, Centre and Blair counties.

Smith’s office was deemed “exemplary” after a June 2020 audit through the state Auditor General’s office.

“I pride myself in the honest and fiscally responsible handling of taxpayer dollars,” Smith said.

Smith and his wife Robin reside in Reedsville. He is the father of two adult children, Jake and McKenna. A 1990 graduate of Indian Valley High School, Smith attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned a supervisory certificate from the Pennsylvania State University. Smith has 15 years of law enforcement experience which began with the Pennsylvania Capitol Police in Harrisburg and includes 11 years as chief of police in Mifflin Borough in Juniata County and work in the security department at Standard Steel.

“I have been honored to serve my community for the past five years, making fair and honest decisions and respecting the office I hold,” Smith said.

The primary election is May 18.

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