A Newberry Township Police officer running for the newly created Manchester-area district judge seat says he'll keep his campaign clean and focused on his experience.
"When it comes to this election, I'm not going to sling any mud. I'm going to run on my record," said Kevin Romine.
Romine, who started his career with Northern York County Regional Police in 1993, is running in a field that includes five current or former police officers and an attorney.
But the Hellam Township resident said his life experience as a police officer and a soldier sets him a part from the other candidates.
"The biggest thing for me is what I've learned from experiences and people," Romine said.
Soldier: Romine is a major in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, serving as an operations officer and says he has spent the equivalent of three years serving overseas.
The 20-year veteran most recently served in Afghanistan where he was awarded a Bronze Star. He was an infantry battalion staff officer, managing the administrative and logistical aspects to support 600 soldiers at 13 forward bases and took part in missions. Romine also served in Kosovo and in Bosnia.
As a police officer, Romine served on the York County Forensics Team and is a patrol officer with Newberry Township Police, where he is vice president of the police officers' association.
"I enjoy what I'm doing today. I love my job," he said. Being a district judge is "an opportunity to continue to serve."
Judge: If elected, Romine said he'd treat everyone who comes before his bench fairly by taking into account a defendant's life circumstances. He said he'd also do his homework on defendants and will look at how violent a crime was to determine bail amounts.
A number of people have offered to contribute funds to his election campaign and while there is a donation section on his website, romineforjudge.com, all money donated will be given to four yet-to-be-named charities.
"I don't think you can buy the position," Romine said. "I'm going to try to win this the right way."
Family: Romine is a graduate of Clarion University, the 55th Municipal Police Academy Class at Harrisburg Area Community College, and the U.S. Army Command and Staff General College. He plans to begin his Masters in Business Administration this fall at Delaware Valley College.
Romine lives in Hellam Township with his wife, Jill, and their two sons, Gaven, 5, and Patrick, 6.
The newly formed district, 19-3-11, has been vacant since being created in January 2012 by redistricting. The new district covers Hallam, Manchester, Mount Wolf, Wrightsville and East Manchester and Hellam townships.
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