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A York County sheriff’s deputy said after 36 years of serving York countians, he would like to continue serving, but on the bench as the North Codorus Township area’s next magisterial district judge.

Prior to joining the sheriff's office, Daniel Press spent 31 years with the Northern York County Regional Police Department. He has been a resident of York County since 1979 and is also a real estate agent.

The North Codorus Township resident said he looks forward to “serving the communities where I live as the magisterial district judge” for District 19-3-06.

Press will face incumbent Judge Thomas J. Reilly.

Press is a graduate of Bedford High School and attended Penn State Altoona. He received his police training at Johnstown Regional Police Academy. He completed and passed a state-mandated course and exam to become a magisterial district judge.

“I have learned many skills over the past 36 years in law enforcement that would assist me in being a good district judge,” he said.

As district judge, Press said, he would like to work with local schools and police departments to create programs to assist those with drug problems and children experiencing cyberbullying.

Press says his experience listening to all sides of criminal and civil matters has given him a regard for due process in respect to all parties involved.

“Our judicial system only works if everyone who enters our court system is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” he added.

Magisterial District 19-3-06 covers North Codorus, Paradise, Jackson, Manheim, Heidelberg and Codorus townships as well as the boroughs of Spring Grove, Seven Valleys, New Salem and Jefferson.

The primary election will be held May 16.

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