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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Three Candidates Raise $23k in Hellertown Lower Saucon Magisterial Race

Three candidates have raised over $23k in the race for Magisterial District Judge in Hellertown and Lower Saucon Townships.

The incumbent, Judge David Tidd, leads the pack with $11,225.00. Most of this money - $7,360.16 - has come out of his own pocket. He has accepted an in-kind contribution from entrepreneur Abe Atiyeh , who has also given him $1,000 in cash. Tidd's campaign consultant is Tim Butler's Communications Concepts.

In an interview with Saucon Source, judge Tidd discloses that heroin addition is a growing problem in his district, and is sometimes less expensive than marijuana. He has paid close attention to heroin-related offenses, and attempts to craft sentences in such a way as to reduce use and combat addiction.

Amanda Kurecian reported raising $7,062.88, most of it from family and herself. She has paid Campaign Pilots, a new Republican consulting firm, about $2,800. Kurecian has told The Saucon Source she'd like to establish a night court, several nights every month, for Defendants unable to leave work.

David Repyneck has raised $5,045, with his largest donor being his mother. He has spent $4,6767.59 for signs, a post card and ads in Saucon Source and Village Voice. Repyneck has told The Saucon Source that he'll bring "honor, respect and integrity back to Magisterial District 03-2-04. I believe there is a lack of professionalism that exists with the current magistrate."


Anonymous said...

Someone please explain how Tidd has ever crafted a sentence for, or relating to, heroin possession. Sentencing for drug offenses, except marajuana, are not within the purview of a MDJ.

Bernie O'Hare said...

It does not have to be for heroin possession. Many other crimes that are within the purview of a Magisterial District judge are heroin-related or addiction-related, like when someone shoplifts to support his or her habit.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:21 is right. However, O'Hare hates David so he will give Tidd him a pass.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Actually, heroin possession can be a 3rd degree misdemeanor, and a District Judge can assume jurisdiction. About 70% of all crime is drug and alcohol related.