Angela Dobrinoff-Blake
Angela Dobrinoff-Blake

A York County attorney is hoping to fill a district judge seat vacant since the end of 2011.

Angela Dobrinoff-Blake, an attorney with Blake and Gross in York City, announced her candidacy for Manchester-area district judge.

Alan Naylor held the seat until his retirement in 2011, leaving the office vacant. Senior judges have been filling in on the bench since his retirement.

Dobrinoff-Blake, 48, of Manchester Township will appear on the Republican and Democratic ballots in the primary. No one else has of yet announced an intention to run for the office.

Goals: If elected, Dobrinoff-Blake said she'd strive to implement supervised bail conditions for repeat offenders.

She said she envisions imposing bail conditions that require repeat offenders to periodically check in with court officials. Each would be handled on a case-by-case basis.

"It would give us a little more control over repeat offenders," Dobrinoff-Blake said.

Dobrinoff-Blake said she'd like to start a district judge website that would provide information to residents.

The website would include directions to her office, office hours and printable forms, such as appeal and landlord/tenant forms.

"Instead of physically having to get into the car and drive to the office, they can print it off and have it filled out and ready when they get to the office," she said.

Family: Dobrinoff-Blake is a 1987 graduate of York College and graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1991.

For nearly 20 years, she's been practicing law in York County. For 15 of those years, she's been a court mediator, handling custody disputes.

Dobrinoff-Blake said she has served on the Central York School District PTO, Manchester Township Athletic Association, American Cancer Society and Junior Achievement. She lives in Manchester Township with her husband and their two children.

Winning the November election would be the last hurdle Dobrinoff-Blake would have to overcome in order to hold the office.

Unless they are members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, those elected to district judge seats have to pass a five-week course in order to sit the bench.

While a member of the bar, Dobrinoff-Blake said she audited the class in 2011.

"I just feel that kind of commitment," she said of why she sat through the course.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.