Although he's made no formal announcement, Two Rivers Daily reports that Magistrate Mike Koury intends to run as well. Customers going to his mom's sandwich shop are apparently being asked to sign his nomination petition as a condition of getting their tuna salad on pita. How the hell do you say No to the person preparing your lunch? Koury is circulating petitions and did prostate himself before Bossman Long at Saturday's Nazareth meeting of local Democrats.
Koury should think twice about running. First, he's running for reelection to his district court job and the court of common pleas simultaneously, even though he is unable to hold both jobs. People are tired of that kind of political gamesmanship. Second, Koury is simply not in the same league as the other judicial candidates who have announced. He has pretty much spent most of his legal career as a magistrate and has no idea what it is like to present a case to a jury. Third, and most importantly, his campaigns always implode. He is a two-time loser best known for a disgusting last-minute smear attempt at then candidate Emil Giordano in 2003, which resulted in a rare condemnation from the bench. In addition to being far less qualified than his distinguished opponents, he always erupts at the end of every campaign.
Koury's race will just hurt the only other candidate with Easton roots, Sam Murray.