North Huntingdon attorney to seek seat on Common Pleas in Westmoreland County

| Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Meagan Bilik DeFazio said her campaign for Westmoreland County judge is all about families.

DeFazio, 38, of North Huntingdon announced this week she will make her second attempt to win a seat on the county's Common Pleas Court bench.

“This is a place where I can do a lot of good. I am very passionate about our family courts and anything involving the protection of children,” DeFazio said.

DeFazio works as an attorney for the Greensburg law firm of Loughran Mlakar & Bilik and focuses on property rights cases. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Duquesne University School of Law.

DeFazio ran for judge in 2009 when she finished third in the general election, losing a seat on the court by 500 votes.

During that election, DeFazio ran as a registered Democrat. She changed her party registration to Republican last year.

“I ran with conservative values. My campaign hasn't changed. A year ago I decided I couldn't stand behind the liberal agenda I see on a national level. My registration as a Republican is more in line with my personal values,” DeFazio said.

DeFazio is seeking to replace Judge John Driscoll, who retired at the end of last year.

She will be joined on the ballot by Democrat Bill McCabe and Republican Harry Smail. All three candidates said they intend to cross-file and seek both the Democratic and Republican nominations in the May 21 primary.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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