The district-judge-elect in York City's District 19-1-05 is a Democrat who said he's hoping to bring continuity to an office that has been vacant since the retirement of District Judge Barbara Nixon.
Joel Toluba took 45.2 percent of the vote, with 239 votes, followed by write-in candidate Kevin Harteis, who took 154 votes, or 29.1 percent. Republican Kathy Doucette garnered 135 votes, or 25.5 percent.
Toluba is an attorney with the York County Public Defender's Office, and he said his experience handling hundreds of cases in the district court will help him to bring the stability and leadership the office needs.
The Democrat said school truancy issues and running an accessible office will be his priorities.
Write-in: Kevin Harteis, also a Democrat, fell short of victory with his aggressive write-in campaign, which he launched after losing the spring primary by two votes.
But the write-in candidate was able to out-perform the Republican contender in the heavily Democratic district.
Harteis, a production supervisor at GreenLine Foods in Hanover, beat Republican Kathy Doucette, who practices family law in a York-based firm, by 19 votes.
Judges serving in the six-year district offices have jurisdiction in criminal matters, hearing initial complaints to determine whether enough evidence exists to send the case to the York County Court of Common Pleas.
They hear and rule on summary convictions under the criminal code, violations of municipal ordinances, and violations of the fish, game and dog laws, and have jurisdiction over civil suits of up to $12,000, as well as matters such as landlord and tenant disputes.
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