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Spring Grove-area District Judge Thomas J. Reilly is running for his second six-year term in office and said it's the best job he's ever had.

"I love it because I get the opportunity to help my community (and) the people who come through my office," he said. "I find it rewarding."

Reilly, 48, said that during his first term he was instrumental in creating a veteran's treatment court at the magisterial district court level.

Treatment courts are designed to get to the root of a problem and solve it, rather than simply punish offenders. At the county common pleas court level, there are DUI, drug, veterans and mental-health treatment courts.

"I'm a veteran myself, and it's important to me," he said.

When veterans receive nontraffic citations, such as disorderly conduct or harassment, "it could be an indicator that something larger is going on," he said.

Nipping problems in the bud is key, according to Reilly.

"We're going to hopefully be able to address their issues early on and get them the help they need before the issues fester and explode into something much larger in the future," he said.

Truancy issue: If elected to a second term, Reilly said he will turn his attention to student truancy.

He said he intends to work closely with school officials to identify, address and solve the issues that cause truancy.

"It's not as big an issue in Spring Grove as it is in other jurisdictions, but I want to try to find the root causes and address them in the school," he said. "I'd like to be able to work with the kids ... before they get to me."

Reilly was as a prosecutor in the York County District Attorney's Office for nearly eight years, from 2004 until taking office in 2012.

He said people considering voting for him can email him at ReillyForDJ@gmail.com with questions or concerns.

"I look forward to speaking to as many (constituents) as I possibly can, and I ask for their support in the upcoming primary in May," he said.

About the judge: Reilly and his wife, Jennifer, live in North Codorus Township with their three children, who range in age from 2 to 10.

Reilly graduated from Dickinson School of Law in 2001 and from Penn State University in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in the administration of justice.

Before attending law school, Reilly worked at the Clearfield County Jail as a corrections officer, work-release coordinator and, eventually, as deputy warden.

He grew up in Clearfield.

Reilly served in the Army Reserve for eight years, working on a cannon crew, until he received an honorable discharge in 1997, he said.

Community affiliations: He is a past president of the Spring Grove Lions Club and serves on the North Codorus Township Parks and Recreation board.

Reilly is vice-president of the Jefferson Sportsmen's Association and is a Zembo Shriner.

He's also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of York and  the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge No. 266.

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

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