2009-01-08 / Local & State

Wilmot's Campaign Kicks Off

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Chambersburg attorney Timothy D. Wilmot gathered with local residents and area officials on the stairs of the Fulton County Courthouse Monday afternoon to announce his campaign goals for seeking a judicial seat on the Fulton/Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

"My goal in this campaign is simple: that the people of this community come to know who I am, what I value and what I have done that has prepared me to be a judge on the Court of Common Pleas," Wilmot told those on hand.

Wilmot's resume shows he has served as an assistant district attorney in neighboring Franklin County during the last nine years and has represented the commonwealth in more than 2,000 sentencing proceedings. In connection with his duties at the district attorney's office, Wilmot has also served in the capacity of domestic violence/sexual assault prosecutor and county task force member.

In regard to his family law experience, Wilmot was first appointed by the court system in 1996 as the divorce hearing master for both Fulton and Franklin counties and has presided over at least 500 divorce cases. He has also represented children in numerous parental rights cases.

"In this judicial-type role I have faced the challenge of remaining impartial while hearing cases. I have experience crafting just and fair resolutions, judging the credibility of witnesses and managing a courtroom," Wilmot said. "Having performed these tasks for nearly 13 years gives me experience that is unique to the role of the judiciary and causes me to be particularly well prepared for service as a Common Pleas judge."

In addition to community involvement ranging from volunteer umpiring with Chambersburg Little League and Suburban League to nonprofit affiliations with Salvation Army and N.E.T. Work Ministries, Wilmot remained on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps between June 1983 and August 1992. He attained the rank of captain and obtained a Navy Commendation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with star and the National Defense Service Medal.

"I love this country ... . You've probably heard 'Once a Marine ... always a Marine.' I am a United States Marine," stated Wilmot. I served our country as a Marine Corps officer, a captain and aviator having served across the globe. I cherish the flag that waves above us and all it symbolizes. It is a constant reminder to me that some of my closest comrades gave their lives in defense of freedom ... ."

"Last but not least, I am shaped by my faith. As I look across the square, I see the church with the great spire. Although this is not the church I attend, it reminds me of the importance of faith in the lives of many within Franklin and Fulton counties. My faith is personal and has guided me most of my life. It provides me with hope though difficult times," concluded Wilmot.

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