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Kosciolek faces libertarian challenger for district judge

Published November 03. 2017 12:27PM

Magisterial District 56-3-03 includes the boroughs of Lansford, Nesquehoning and Summit Hill, as well as Mahoning Township.

Incumbent Casimir T. Kosciolek is seeking his fourth six-year term, having won previous elections in 1999, 2005 and 2011.

He won both the Republican and Democratic nominations in the primary.

Debby Rabold of Summit Hill is running as a Libertarian.

We asked the candidates the question: How will you improve the magisterial district?

Casimir T. Kosciolek

The candidate did not respond in time for our deadline.

Debby Rabold

Biography: I graduated from Stroudsburg High School, earned my Practical Nursing License, and worked for home health agencies serving clients with neurological disorders for 20 years.

I moved to the Panther Valley in 2010. For fourteen years I have served as a court-watcher throughout northeastern Pennsylvania, working with investigators and lawyers, visiting lawmakers and inmates, and am an advocate for inmates’ human rights. I have four adult children and five grandchildren.

Answer: Our community’s economic distress fosters criminal behavior, and must be addressed. While we need to protect society from dangerous people, the rate of incarceration in Pennsylvania, costing $2.6 billion, does not provide a solution to our society’s problems. The drug epidemic requires help from medical and educational professionals.

“My medical background, courtroom experience, and communication with lawmakers and inmates uniquely qualify me for the position of District Magisterial Judge. My Facebook page ‘Elect Debby Rabold for District Magisterial Judge’ gives more information than I can provide for this space.”

I cannot vote for someone who is advocating for prisoners rights. We must have someone in this position who is independent and committed to a fair ruling. Complaining about the cost to incarcerate a prisoner appears to me that her mind is made up in favor of the accused.
Any unopposed political position is too easily corrupted. We really need to check the qualification of our judges much more carefully. Shouldn't they be a lawyer at least?

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