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.
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.
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.
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.