Joel Toluba said he has the experience. Now he wants a district judge seat.

Toluba, an attorney and York City resident, has announced his candidacy for the District 19-1-05 seat formerly held by retired District Judge Barbara Nixon. The district covers York City.

"I feel like I would bring a great deal of integrity to the seat," said Toluba, 35. "I'm straightforward, reasonable, fair-minded. I feel like I would be the most qualified for the seat."

An attorney for more than a decade, Toluba is in his fifth year as an assistant public defender with the York County Office of the Public Defender.

Toluba said that as a district judge he would work with city police and with community leaders to help prevent and decrease crime and drug abuse, and to ensure that at-risk offenders are not permitted to "roam our streets unsupervised."

Toluba, who is single with no children, is a member of the York County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is a 1995 graduate of Lake-Lehman High School in Luzerne County. He received a bachelor of arts degree in 1999 from Bucknell University in Union County. In 2002, Toluba received a law degree from Penn State University Dickinson School of Law.

The attorney said he has been a York County resident since 2008. He lived in Fairview Township and moved to York City last fall to be closer to his work.

Toluba said that it was after his move that he decided to run for office for the first time.

"I like living downtown," he said. "This is where I want to be regardless of the outcome of the election.


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-Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.