April 10 – Of the five candidates for judge in Luzerne County, West Pittston’s attorney, Laura Dennis, is the only one who has never run for political office before.
She thinks this is a boon for the job she is looking for.
“My place has always been to practice the law, always in a courtroom,” Dennis said on Friday during an editorial board meeting with Citizens’ Voice.
Dennis, 47, is looking for one of the two Luzerne County court seats open in his year’s election. It will appear on Democratic and Republican ballots in the primary elections in May.
Dennis said she practiced all aspects of the law during her 23-year career and feels that her experience makes her exceptionally qualified.
“At this point in my career, I am confident and comfortable asking voters to vote,” said Dennis. “Running for a judge was not a split decision for me.
In addition to running her own practice, Dennis works for the Luzerne County Law Office and is a lawyer in Wyoming County.
Although Dennis has not ruled out accepting political donations from other lawyers, she said she is investing a lot of her own money in the campaign.
“No one will contribute more to my campaign than the person sitting here,” said Dennis.
Other candidates in the race include ex-Luzerne county councilor James Bobeck, district magistrate judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz, ex-Luzerne county district attorney Stefanie Salavantis and state deputy Tarah Toohil.
They’ve all won elections before, so Dennis knows they can have more electoral name recognition, but she said she is working hard to get her name and message out to the public.
“I am working on an absolute justice platform,” said Dennis.
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