Another candidate has announced intentions to run for the spot on the county’s Court of Common Pleas currently held by Judge Tom Doerr.
Butler County District Attorney Rich Goldinger believes the skills and experience he has acquired as the DA will be an asset as a judge.
“As the DA I’m put into the position on a daily basis to make decisions based on facts presented to me and how we’re going to proceed with criminal charges, how we’re going to plea-bargin a case,” Goldinger said. “So I already have that decision making experience with the job as district attorney.”
Before becoming the DA 13 years ago, Goldinger did spend time in private practice getting trial experience representing criminal defendants in jury trials and parents in custody trials.
Goldinger is a Butler native and calls Butler a “safe community”. He points to his track record dealing with the challenge of drug offenders as evidence of his commitment to protecting the community.
“We sought some stiffer penalties to try and eradicate the community of the drug dealers. We’ve had some serious sentences imposed to get these guys off the street,” Goldinger said.
The spring primary is scheduled to be held May 18th.