2008-11-20 / Local & State

Meyers Announces Candidacy for Judge

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A Franklin County man with local ties began his campaign trek last Thursday morning in both Franklin and Fulton counties vying for one of two open seats on the bench in the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas.

Chambersburg resident Shawn D. Meyers met with approximately 20 area residents at the Mc- Connellsburg Firehall on November 13 after making his formal announcement during a special breakfast held at the Orchards Restaurant, Chambersburg, before a crowd of more than 200.

Meyers, a partner in the Mercersburg based law firm of Steiger, Steiger & Meyers, told local dignitaries and interested residents as part of his campaign efforts he will be going door-to-door to better familiarize himself with the local community. Meyers first began practicing law in 1993 and in addition to his private practice duties, he has also served over the years as a conflicts attorney through the Fulton County Public Defender's Office. Most recently in 2007, Meyers was hired by Franklin County in the capacity of solicitor.

"I have devoted my career to the law," said Meyers, who noted at a young age he sought to discover the inner workings of the courthouse while furthering his interest in the law. "I have committed my life to my family, my practice and to helping people through community service."

"I now have an opportunity to take all my experiences as an attorney, teacher, civic leader and with conviction commit to ensuring the safety of our area and communities in which we live," Meyers stated. "As the county solicitor I have seen firsthand how three-quarters of every county tax dollar is spent on the courts, corrections and crime prevention. It's imperative that our judicial system operate efficiently while being effective."

Meyers announcement is linked to the recent decision of Court of Common Pleas President Judge John R. Walker to retire at the conclusion of 2008, as well as a bill signed into law creating a fifth judgeship position in Fulton/Franklin counties. Meyers, who will likely cross-file as a Democrat and Republican, will attempt to secure a nomination in the spring and if successful will appear on the November 2009 ballot for final consideration.

"Judges and the judicial system are vital to our community. It is a position requiring common sense, commitment and conviction in applying the law and rendering judgements. With my broad experience, I will be able to contribute in all facets from day one of being sworn into office and work to ensure that our citizens have access to the courts," he concluded.

Meyers was accompanied by wife Nancy and law partner Tom Steiger Jr.

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