GOP punishes York County lawmaker

Longtime litigator joins crowded race for judge

David Weissman

Clyde W. Vedder, a 35-year litigator from Spring Garden Township, has added his name to a growing list of candidates for three vacancies on the York County Court of Common Pleas.

Clyde Vedder, candidate for York County Court of Common Pleas judge

Vedder, a partner at Morris and Vedder Law Firm, is the sixth candidate in the field. He joins local attorney Chuck HobbsTim Barker, a career prosecutor in the York County District Attorney's Office; Kathleen Prendergast, who was appointed as a judge last year; local attorney Jim Mann; and local attorney Amber Anstine Kraft.

Vedder said he's always considered becoming a judge a natural progression from his time as a lawyer.

His work in law has always been based around the concept of making the lives of York County community members better, he said, and serving as a judge would allow him to continue that role in a more expansive way.

Vedder said he believes he is uniquely qualified for the position because of his broad law experience, which includes litigation in family, civil and criminal defense cases.

Vedder has previously served as a solicitor for the York County treasurer and an assistant prosecutor in the county district attorney's office.

More information about his candidacy and qualifications can be found at his campaign website,

Three vacancies are up for election in 2017 after the retirements of Judges Thomas H. Kelley VI, John W. Thompson Jr. and Stephen P. Linebaugh. Primary elections are set for May 16.

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