Crowded field for district judge race

There are now six candidates in the race for district judge in the Kennett Square area. Attorney and East Marlborough Township resident Al Iacocca has announced his bid for the seat vacated when Judge Daniel Maisano retired from the bench last year.

District Court 15-3-04 serves the residents of Birmingham, East Marlborough, Kennett, Newlin, Pennsbury, and Pocopson Townships, and the Borough of Kennett Square.

“My decision to run for the district judge seat is just another opportunity for me to further my commitment to serving this community,” Iacocca said in his announcement, “and it would be an honor to be given the chance to sit as its next district judge. I have a lot of respect for Judge Maisano and his service on the bench, and would work hard to be of the same caliber as he was.”

Al Iacocca

Al Iacocca

Iacocca has lived in the Kennett area for 12 years and has represented clients in criminal, civil and juvenile matters in several courts in Chester County. He said his familiarity with the system and the professional relationships he’s developed over the years serve as “the backbone” to both his experience and his “readiness to serve as the community’s district judge.”

He has also served as a county arbitrator since 2011 and is a trained mediator in civil and domestic matters, he said.

Iacocca said he will serve as a full time judge, but would continue his volunteer services to the community.

He has been on the Kennett YMCA’s Board of Directors, helped develop a youth triathlon team there and received the E. Marshall Newton III Community Service Award.

In addition, Iacocca also served as the Longwood Rotary Club representative for Kennett Run Charities’ Board of Directors, and he served as race director for the 2010 and 2011 Kennett Run races. Iacocca was also a YMCA and URA coach, a swim official for more than a decade, and still serves as an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 22 and as a forensics judge, he said.

“Ultimately, this is a public service position, which is what my time here in Kennett Square/Unionville has been about,” he said.

He added that he would be an effective district judge, and an asset to the community in that capacity.

Iacocca, a Democrat who was endorsed by the Kennett Area Democrats, joins fellow attorneys Jane Donze — also of East Marlborough — Jeffrey Ibrahim, of Birmingham and Lorraine Ramunno, of Pennsbury, state constable David Cox, of Pennsbury, and retired police officer Sean Rafferty, of Pocposon, in the race.

He said he would cross-file to run as a Republican. The primary election this year in May 16.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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