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Monday, February 21, 2011

Wilson District Judge Race Picks Up A Third Candidate

Wilson Borough's District Judge race just got a bit more interesting, as Rhonda Elias enters the fray. As an "active member of Our Lady of Lebanon Church," a point she makes on her webpage, she is certain to attract a heavy Lebanese vote in Wilson, West Easton and Easton's west ward.

A Republican who works at General Supply, she's 30 years old and has always lived in the Wilson Magisterial District. Other candidates in the race include Shana Restucci, a legal secretary, and Rich Yetter, an attorney.


Anonymous said...

This race could get really ugly from what i have heard already.

Anonymous said...

I vote for Shana 8-)

Anonymous said...

More the merrier!

Anonymous said...

A qualified 3rd candidate I believe.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:18 Please elaborate why you think that?

Anonymous said...

I would feel more comfortable if the candidate at least owned property in the area they are to be elected out of. I believe the other 2 do?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Only the landed gentry may run?

Sanctifying Grace said...


Took the words from me. Amen, brother.

Peace, ~~~alex+

Anonymous said...

Is flashing Lebanese credentials necessary? If I appear before this magistrate to settle a dispute with an opponent of Lebanese background, I should probably be concerned. I don't care, and don't want to know candidates' religious and ethnic affiliations. It's none of my business and it's none hers to tell me.

Anonymous said...

Has this candidate taken the certification test? If so then it looks like we have two people who are qualified...otherwise, Rick Yetter is the only one qualified for the job. This isn't a popularity contest as Miss Shana would like it to be. This should be an election about who is the better candidate for the job. I'm interested to learn more about this new candidate.

Anonymous said...

at least two of the candidates have ties to the Lebanese community. But that won't matter after they are in office......but watch out during the campaign! Could be interesting.

Anonymous said...

since lawyers make good judges shouldn't lawyers make good district judges? HMMMMM things that make you say hmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I would much rather have an attorney who went to law school and took years of schooling and real law experience and can know and apply the law then someone who just won an election and just took the 30 day state get your foot in the door test.

Some of these Judges who are non attorney's it blows your mind on some of the decisions they make.

IMO.. the job or title of ANY Judge should require a law degree.

Just sayin

Anonymous said...

As far as I know, Yetter is the only one qualified to do the job right now if elected. Has Restucci taken the course and been certified by the state to do the job? Has Elias? I would think at the very least if you are serious about running and want the job you can say you are state certified to do the job before you run a campaign and start knocking on doors.

It also shows that they are serious about the job and putting in the time and energy into getting the schooling first.

So are the other 2 candidates qualified to serve right now in a District Judge capacity?

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Is flashing Lebanese credentials necessary?"

She announced where she goes to church. Her Lebanese roots make her very much a part of the Easton community. Easton is like Little Lebanon. I am sure that Easton's close Lebanese community already knows her and is proud of her, even if they decide someone else is the better candidate.

Donna Yetter said...

Anon 5:18 – watch how you use the word “Qualified.” Only those Candidates for Magisterial District Judge that are licensed attorneys with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or sat for the Commonwealth’s Certification course and passed the Certification test are “Qualified” or “Certified” to hold the post of Magisterial District Judge.

I just got off the phone with the Pennsylvania Minor Judiciary ( http://mjeb.org/ and Phone No. 717-231-9515 ) and confirmed that we still have the ONLY Candidate in this race that is Qualified [and/or Certified] to hold the position of Magisterial District Judge. Rick is Qualified, Experienced (i.e. actual courtroom and legal experience), and Competent to hold this post. Obviously I am biased to my husband, but those of you who meet him know for yourselves that he is very respectful and likeable. Our son and I are so proud of him and his decision to run.

Donna R. Yetter
Chairman of the Committee to Elect Richard H. Yetter III

Anonymous said...

So what's up Bernie? If someone actually posts their name and an informative response to people's questions you take their post off? I don't get it. Are you only interested in stirring up trouble, or do you actually want people to know the truth?

Bernie O'Hare said...

I assume this "anonymous" comment comes from Dick or Mrs. Yetter. Earlier this evening, Mrs. Yeteer posted a comment, using her actual name. I was at a meeting and did not delete the comment. I get email notifications for every comment posted here and rec'd an email notification, and assumed the comment had posted.

I now am being attacked anonymously by either Mr. or Mrs. Yetter for removing a comment that actually just never posted here.

Blogspot sometimes sends my comments to a spam folder, especially when I am getting a lot of them. I have no idea what formula is used, buy will go to that folder now and and take it out if it is there.

A judicial candidate should probably refrain from rushing to judgment. A judicial candidate who comments anonymously is being deceptive.

R. Yetter said...

Dear Bernie and subsequent readers,

I certainly understand that the issues discussed on this forum can be controversial and create quite a stir as the topics are political in nature. Obviously my candidacy for an elected office has made me subject to such political discussion and remarks (whether they are positive or negative). I can handle it as it comes with the territory.

However, when it comes to my wife and mother of my 3-year old and unborn child, I will defend her when necessary. To that end, please be advised that my wife's post did initially appear on this blog and for whatever reason it thereafter did not. Before I left home for my quoit match tonight, her post did appear here on your blog. I read it myself. She later checked back and it no longer appeared.

Lastly, I have never posted on your blog before now, i.e. as “Anonymous” or otherwise.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Richard H. Yetter III

Bernie O'Hare said...

I've just rec'd email notification of a comment, and this time, it's from Dick Yetter. This time I went to my blog to see if the comment posted and it did not. Once again, it went into the spam folder. I'll go other and order it posted and it will appear as the comment before this one.

I have no idea whether his wife's comment posted to my blog or not bc I was at a meeting and did not have time to check. But what I can say is that the comment was in my blogspot spam folder wen I checked, and I ordered it published. I'll add that the anonymous comment at 11:29 PM comes from Yetter or his wife bc, despite what Yetter is saying, the comment was in my spam folder, and no comment in my spam folder makes it on the blog unless I say so.

As indicated, we have a judicial campaign making anonymous attacks at me, and rushing to judgment.