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A Fairview Township attorney who works in the state House of Representatives is running for York County common pleas judge.

James G. Mann, who goes by Jim, has been a practicing attorney for 16 years, according to a news release announcing his campaign.

He has been deputy chief counsel for Republicans in the state House of Representatives since 2008.

Before that, Mann served as counsel to state Sen. Mike Waugh, R-Shrewsbury, who died in October 2014, then was in private practice for five years before assuming his current position in the state House, according to his campaign.

As counsel to the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus, Mann oversaw reforms that saved taxpayers millions of dollars and reduced the caucus' need to rely on outside attorneys, according to the news release.

Mann, 49, says he's proud of his record of achievement in the House and said he'd bring the same work ethic to York County Court, according to the release.

His background: Mann obtained a bachelor's degree from Penn State and his law degree as a nontraditional student from Widener University School of Law.

"Mann attended both college and law school while raising a family and working as many as three jobs at a time to make ends meet," the release states.

The youngest of eight children, he enlisted in the Army at age 17 and stayed in the Army for seven years, according to the release.

Mann says if elected, he would draw from his "broad level of real world experience" to preside from the bench, according to his campaign.

"He said he will draw on the lessons he's learned as a soldier, husband, father, foster parent, teacher, manager, medical cab driver, laborer, professor and scoutmaster ... (if) elected to the court," the release states.

To learn more about Mann, visit his Facebook page, Mann for Judge, or contact his campaign at MannforJudge@gmail.com.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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