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Richard A. Kasunic II announced his candidacy for district judge in court 14-3-06 in Smock. 2/21/13

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Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Richard A. Kasunic II, 38, has announced his candidacy for magisterial district judge in District 14-3-06 in Smock.

District Judge Dwight Shaner is retiring.

Kasunic is the son of state Sen. Richard A. Kasunic and the late Laura J. Gannon-Kasunic.

“Providing the public with excellent service is certainly second nature to me, and I promise to work hard to earn the respect of all of the constituents of the district,” Kasunic stated. “After all, the taxpayers should expect nothing but commitment and service from all elected officials.”

Kasunic wants to enhance service to the public by offering more flexible hours, including Saturdays and evenings, that permit better accessibility. He would like to see special accommodations that will better serve the victims of crimes as situations warrant.

“I realize that many victims just faced a traumatic experience, and I'm committed to seeing that justice is served upon their perpetrators in the most efficient and effective manner possible,” he stated. “Too often our judicial system spends more time coddling criminals and not enough energy on upholding the rights of the victims.”

Kasunic indicated he is interested in discussing with President Judge John Wagner the possibility of creating a veterans court on the magisterial level. A participant in a veterans court would come before the court on a regular basis, receive support and guidance from veteran mentors and receive treatment and support from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Veterans courts help veterans who are struggling with addiction, mental illness, homelessness and other social issues who come in contact with the court system,” Kasunic said. “Given the veteran population residing here and the influx of veterans that will be returning from deployment over the next year, I believe the creation of such a court to assist veterans is a small token of our understanding of the great debt that we owe to these individuals.”

Kasunic has worked in progressively responsible positions for the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 10 years, now supervising the day-to-day operations for 14 tradesmen handling 42 turnpike facilities. He is a Connellsville Area High School graduate and holds an associate's degree from Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

He is married to Laura (Nudo) Kasunic. He is a member of the board of directors of the Dunbar Community Library, the National Rifle Association, the South Connellsville Rod & Gun Club and the Juniata Sportsman Club.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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