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Magisterial District Judge District 05-02-25

Elected for six year terms. Magisterial district judges (MDJs) do not have to be lawyers but are required to pass a qualifying exam. Handle civil cases up to $12,000; responsible whether serious criminal cases go the Court of Common Pleas; handle preliminary arraignments and hearings; minor criminal offenses, traffic citations and non-traffic ordinance violations. Responsible for setting and accepting bail, except in murder or voluntary manslaughter cases. Base salary is $91, 597.

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    Max Feldman

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    Michele Santicola

Last Name Feldman
First Name Max
Middle Name Craig
Age 56
Campaign Phone (412) 262-6181
Education Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1985. Juris Doctor from University of Dayton School of Law in 1989.
Qualifications for office I founded my Coraopolis law office in 1992 and have resided in Moon nearly as long. I worked directly with the public the entire time, becoming rooted here while practicing a wide variety of legal disciplines. Over a long career litigating cases in Magisterial and Common Pleas courtrooms I gained deep understanding of the law and how to apply it. I am extremely familiar with disputes and how to resolve them. Over nearly 30 years I observed many different Magistrates at their duties. If elected I pledge to serve my entire term. I love our community and the law, and I am fully prepared to serve.
District Magisterial District 05-02-25
Last Name Santicola
First Name Michele
Age 49
Campaign Phone (412) 262-2180
Campaign Web Site
Education BA, Duquesne University JD, Dickinson School of Law/Penn State University
Qualifications for office I began my career as a Deputy Attorney General where I spent nearly a decade handling jury trials and grand jury investigations. I then moved to private practice. I am the only candidate who has been on both sides of cases, which makes me uniquely qualified. I served as a Hearing Examiner for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. In that role, I made rulings on the admissibility of evidence and wrote legal opinions. I am the only candidate with prior judicial experience. I have argued cases in the Superior and Commonwealth Courts. I have vast and varied experience and am ready to serve
Facebook Michele Santicola for Magisterial District Judge
District 05-2-25 Coraopolis and Moon, Neville, Crescent Townships