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Shaner Mancuso seeking seat as district judge in Fayette

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 4:27 p.m.
Soni Shaner Mancuso

Soni Shaner Mancuso has announced her candidacy for magisterial district judge serving Dunbar Township, Dunbar Borough, Everson, Franklin Township, Upper and Lower Tyrone townships, Perryopolis and the borough of Vanderbilt.

She has been a resident of Dunbar Township for over 30 years.

A Ohio State University graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, she has utilized her education by working with people with mental health disorders and most recently, substance abuse. She has also served as a substitute teacher in the Connellsville Area School District.

“As a substance abuse counselor, I have witnessed the proven direct correlation between substance abuse and criminal activity. I am a facilitator of the court mandated drug and alcohol classes for DUI offenders in Fayette County. I have dealt firsthand with magisterial district judges, probation and parole officers to serve the appropriate justice.

“Retail theft, burglary, assault, domestic violence and DUI charges are cases that magisterial district judges make decisions on every day.”

Shaner Mancuso served as a mental health provider for over 12 years.

“I am aware of the implications of mental health disorders and the impact they have on individuals, families, communities and systematic policies and procedures.

“Early intervention is crucial for reducing negative ramifications associated with mental health disorders. I have worked with licensed social workers and psychiatrists to implement individualized treatment plans.

“My experience as a parent, teacher and counselor has also enabled me to realize the importance of early drug and alcohol prevention and mental health awareness, now more than ever. I will continue to be an advocate of drug and alcohol prevention and mental health awareness by encouraging and supporting programs in our area.”

She said she also devotes her time helping children with special needs.

“My passion for working with animals has provided me with the opportunity to reach out to the special needs population through equine assisted therapy.

“My horses and background have allowed me to provide therapy for children living with autism and ADHD. Animals calm children. I have witnessed children with special needs increase communication, motor skills and build self esteem.”

She is a youth mission leader, serving her community by assisting the elderly and disabled by providing meals, companionship and home maintenance projects.

If elected as magisterial district judge, Shaner Mancuso said she “promises to bring morals of fairness, honesty and accountability to the position.”

She resides in Dunbar Township with her husband Daniel, and her three sons, Shane, Luke and West.

She is a member of Juniata United Methodist Church serving as secretary of the board, Sunday school teacher and assistant pianist.

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