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Attorney Harry F. Smail Jr., nominated to be a Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court judge.
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Greensburg attorney Harry Smail Jr. said his political views and legal experience will be a big part of his campaign for Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court judge.

Smail, 47, announced Thursday he will make his second bid for a seat on the county bench.

“As a true conservative the county would benefit from my 16 years of litigation experience,” Smail said.

Smail has a private legal practice that focuses on criminal, family and civil court cases. He serves as solicitor for two row offices at the courthouse, as the lawyer for the clerk of courts and sheriff offices.

Smail, a registered Republican, said his views will impact decisions he would make on the bench if elected.

“I'm a strict constitutionalist. The constitution says what it means. It's not a living document that changes because circumstances of society changes,” he said.

Smail will seek the nomination in both the Democratic and Republican primaries on May 21.

Smail finished fourth in the GOP judicial primary in 2009 and fifth on the Democratic side of the ballot among eight candidates seeking two openings.

He was unsuccessful in three other runs for office.

Democrat Bill McCabe is the only other candidate.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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