Prendergast running again for York County judge

David Weissman, 505-5431/@DispatchDavid
  • Judge Kathleen Prendergast was appointed judge on York County Court of Common Pleas last July.
  • The longtime attorney has run unsuccessfully three times for a judge position.
  • There are three vacancies on the bench up for election in 2017.

Judge Kathleen Prendergast is hoping to continue in her current role for the next 10 years as she announced her campaign  for judge on the York County Court of Common Pleas.

From left, parents Barbara and Michael Prendergast, of Spring Garden Township, hold the bible belonging to the grandmother of Judge Kathleen Prendergast as she is officially sworn in by York County President Judge Joseph C. Adams during a ceremony at the York County Judicial Center in York City Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The 54-year-old longtime attorney has been serving in the Family Court Division since last July, when she and Judge Christy Fawcett were appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to fill the remaining terms of retired judges Thomas H. Kelley VI and John W. Thompson Jr.

During her  swearing-in ceremony, Prendergast noted how long her journey had been to the bench and how excited she was to get started.

Prendergast has stood for election to the bench three times, most recently in 2015 when she lost to former county solicitor Michael W. Flannelly and Warrington Township attorney N. Christopher Menges.

Prendergast said Friday that the job has been a lot of work, as she's seen hundreds of cases in the past six-plus months, but it has lived up to her expectations.

She said she hopes that running twice in a row — previously there were gaps between her campaigns — will help her build name recognition among voters and that people will believe she's done a good job thus far.

York County judges ceremonially sworn in

Because she's working full time, Prendergast said she has hired a campaign manager for the first time, and he will be able to work out of her vacant law office.

She added that she really enjoys family court and would be happy to continue in that role, but she also would  enjoy criminal court, particularly treatment court because there is a lot of carryover from family court.

Prendergast is a past chair of both the Family Law Section and the Women and Law Section of the York County Bar Association, according to a campaign news release.

She has set up a campaign website at, and her office can be reached at 717-900-8089 or by emailing

Three vacancies are up for election in 2017 after the retirements of Kelley, Thompson and Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh. Local attorney Chuck Hobbs and Tim Barker, a career prosecutor in the York County District Attorney's Office, also have  announced they are running for the positions.

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