Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe has announced his intention to run for re-election to the office of Magisterial District Judge, formerly known as District Justice, in the Magisterial District that includes the boroughs of Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, and Weissport, and the townships of Penn Forest and Mahoning.
Magisterial District Judge Lewis is currently serving his fourth six-year term after his appointment and sworn into office July of 1986.
District Judge Lewis is a lifetime resident of Jim Thorpe, the son of the late Ethel McLean and the late Daniel McLean.
He is married to the former Alicia Lienhard Schrantz and has two sons, Edward and wife Samantha of Monticello, Minn. and the late Jared (Butch). He also has two step-sons, Eric Schrantz and wife Kristin of Jim Thorpe and Jared (J.J.) Schrantz and wife Laura of Whitehall, and one grandson, Brody Schrantz of Jim Thorpe.
Prior to becoming District Judge, Lewis was a full-time police officer for Jim Thorpe borough. He previously was employed at the New Jersey Zinc Company, working out of the engineering department as a construction inspector in charge of contractors and contract negotiations. Also, he was employed at Tonolli Corporation plant as a welder and was union committeeman and plant grievance officer. Edward also worked as an assembler with Mack Trucks.
The candidate, a graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, has also complete numerous courses in connection with his duties as a former police officer. He attended Lehigh Community College, Allentown Police Academy, The Penn State Campus, Fogelsville, and has successfully passed the required certification and update classes for Magisterial District Judge.
Lewis is a member of the following organizations: vice president, life member, and trustee for the Jim Thorpe Diligent Fire Company; Jim Thorpe Rod and Gun Club, Fairview Fire Company, Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club, life member of Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 in Lehighton, National Rifle Association, Carbon No. 242 F. & A. M. Lehigh Consistory, Rajah Shrine, past vice president of Jim Thorpe Pool League.
Also past president of the Olympian Booster Club, past president of the Jim Thorpe Touchdown Club. He was also a coach for Jim Thorpe Little League and knee-hi football and varsity football coach at Jim Thorpe High School. Lewis is also a member and inductee of the Jim Thorpe Sports Hall of Fame and was named "Man of the Year" in 1990 by the Olympian Booster Club.
In his capacity as District Judge, Lewis has served as state president to the Special Court Judges Association (2000-2001). He was the first and only representative from Carbon County. He served as District 10 President for seven years and was conference chairman for the Poconos. His committee assignments have included leadership roles as co-chair of the Legislative Committee and chairman of both the Crimes Code and Fish and Game Committees. He was a member to the Education, Benefits, and Retirement and Ethics & Professionalism Committees and Vehicle Code Committee.
Lewis was also appointed by Governor Ridge and Governor Rendell representing all the District Judges to the Pa. Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee. Lewis is also the designated District Judge for the Carbon County Drug Task Force and Executive Member of the Carbon County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
In 2006, Judge Lewis received the John T. Jeffers Memorial Award in recognition of dedicated and unselfish service to the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania.
Magisterial District Judge Lewis plans to cross-file and appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.