Tony Rybak is a full-time Northampton County Assistant Public Defender seeking the Democratic nomination in South Bethlehem. He's the son of the late Bill Rybak, a former state representative who maintained a south side law practice for five decades. Tony himself has been a lawyer for 20 years.
Rybak's opponent, Jordan Knisley, is seeking the nomination of both parties. She is a part-time assistant public defender who also works as an associate in the Nazareth office of Harry DeWalt. He's her uncle. She's been a lawyer for five years.
Referring to Rybak as a "courageous public defender," the FOP credits him with a "thorough knowledge of criminal and civil procedure." It also recognizes his "lifelong commitment," claiming this is what makes him the most qualified candidate.
Van Scott is a retired Bethlehem police officer who currently teaches criminal justice. He has cross-filed in his quest for a Magisterial District Judgeship in West Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. A lifelong Bethlehemite, he has shown his commitment to the community by his volunteerism with noble endeavors like the Boys' and Girls' Club and Habitat for Humanity.
Scott's opponent, Amy Zannelli, is a Jersey transplant and Lehigh County Commissioner. She has claimed she could remain in office for 30 years if she wanted, but it's time for to become a judge. Her volunteerism consists solely of political organizations like LV4All and the Democratic party.
Noting that Scott has devoted his life to Bethlehem, the FOP is endorsing him because of his "commitment to judicial neutrality."