GC attorney running for district judge


A Pine Township attorney has announced his candidacy for judge of Magisterial District Court 35-3-02.

Douglas E. Straub will be cross-filing on the Democratic and Republican tickets on the May 18 spring primary ballot, joining Dean Osborne and Douglas Gerwick in a bid for the six-year term,

D. Neil McEwen, the current district judge, is not seeking that position again. He is running for Mercer County Court of Common Pleas judge.

This is Straub’s first time running for office. He maintains a private practice in Grove City, has served as assistant public defender for Mercer County since 1996, and is currently the first assistant public defender.

He feels that serving as judge would allow him to have a bigger impact on the community, and he has a lot of experience working in the criminal justice system.

“You get to meet and work with all kinds of people,” said Straub, who grew up in Grove City.

People know his work as an attorney – he’s been practicing since 1993 – and he believes that his experience speaks for itself.

The law has always fascinated him, and he finds the work to be stimulating, especially since it’s constantly changing.

District Court 35-3-02 is based in Pine Township and it covers the townships of Deer Creek, French Creek, Jackson, Lake, Liberty, Mill Creek, New Vernon, Pine, Sandy Lake, Wolf Creek and Worth; and the boroughs of Grove City, Jackson Center, New Lebanon, Sandy Lake and Stoneboro.

Straub is a 1984 graduate of Grove City High School. He graduated with honors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Law.

After passing the bar exam, he completed two judicial clerkships in the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas with Francis H. Fornelli, former president judge, and the late Michael J. Wherry.

Through his own practice, he has represented thousands of clients in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings. He’s appeared before more than 50 different magisterial district judges, over 20 Common Pleas Courts in Pennsylvania, and all levels of Pennsylvania’s appellate courts, including the Superior, Commonwealth and Supreme Courts.

Straub believes he is uniquely qualified to serve as district judge, and he wants to continue his work in the Grove City area.

“I’ve always liked the ‘hometown feel,’” he said.

He’s confident that he can be a fair and impartial judge who can make well-reasoned decisions.

Straub is a member of the Pennsylvania and Mercer County bar associations, previously serving as treasurer.

He has served as solicitor for the Springfield Township Zoning Hearing Board, and was the attorney adviser for the Grove City High School Mock Trial Team

He belongs to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1895, Grove City, and the Lake Latonka Property Owners’ Association.

He’s also a PIAA wrestling official and an avid outdoorsman who enjoys boating, hunting, fishing, golfing, visiting his camp in Tidioute and spending time with his three dogs. 

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