An attorney, a police officer and two former officers are in the running for a vacant Manchester Township, District 19-2-04, district judge seat.
Attorney Angela Dobrinoff-Blake, West Manchester Township Police officer Jeffrey Oberdorff and former officers Donald Dull Jr. and Steven Ruffatto Sr. are running to fill the seat vacant since 2011. Alan Naylor held the seat until his retirement.
All four candidates are cross-filed, meaning they'll appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballots in the primary.
The top vote-getters for each party will advance to the November election.
Dobrinoff-Blake: Dobrinoff-Blake, the 48-year-old attorney with Blake and Gross in York City, would implement supervised bail conditions for repeat offenders if elected.
She'd also 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.
For nearly 20 years, Dobrinoff-Blake has been practicing law in York County. For 15 of those years, she's been a court mediator, handling custody disputes.
Dull: Dull is a former Northern York County Regional Police officer who retired after 35 years in 2010.
He would not set minimum bail for violent offenders because he said he's seen and heard of offenders being released on low bail and going out and committing other acts of violence.
Though Dull said he'd take a hard line on some offenders, he said he also would treat people fairly, just as he did as a police officer.
Oberdorf: Oberdorf, 46, a 20-year veteran of the West Manchester Township Police Department, said he'd be a tough, but fair judge and would issue higher bail amounts and tougher penalties for repeat and violent offenders and those whose crimes victimized elderly people.
His experiences as an officer have given him insight into both the civil and criminal sides of the district judge position.
Oberdorf said he's been a department leader in arrests and served on the York County Drug Task Force but also received the department's Life Saving Award for being one of two officers who resuscitated a woman who'd had a heart attack in her home, he said.
Ruffatto: Ruffatto, 43, is a former police officer with the U.S. Capitol Police Department in Washington, D.C., and the Prince George's County (Maryland) Police Department.
He currently teaches criminal justice at Harrisburg Area Community College where he is a professor and is also an adjunct professor at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, the online University of Phoenix and Boston University.
Ruffatto said a "one-size-fits-all" approach to criminal justice is ineffective and, if elected, he would take a more common sense approach to delivering justice. He added that while it's important to be tough on criminals, "he believes that each case must be viewed individually."