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Valley News Dispatch

Frank Pallone Jr. retains job as Arnold-New Kensington district judge

Matthew Medsger
| Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 10:24 p.m.
Frank J. Pallone Jr.
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Frank J. Pallone Jr.
Phil McKinley
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Phil McKinley

District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. will continue to serve on the magistrate's bench in the district court presiding over Arnold and New Kensington.

The three-term incumbent beat Arnold Councilman Phil McKinley.

Ahead of the election, Pallone cited his experience and understanding of the law as the reasons voters should give him another six-year stint in office.

Pallone is an attorney while McKinley, a business owner and former police officer, is not.

“When I started this campaign I said that qualifications are the key thing to look out for in this election, and I do believe that's what put me over the top,” Pallone said.

McKinley's campaign centered on acting on code violations, as well as closer ties with police officers to go after drugs and other crimes.

While McKinley insisted change was needed in the district judge's robes, Pallone maintained throughout the campaign that McKinley was not prepared to handle the job and that McKinley didn't understand what district judges do.

Pallone kept voters focused on his legal acumen, continuously pointing to his years on the bench and his education as an attorney to keep his job, which pays nearly $90,000 a year.

At times the contest grew to be caustic, with supporters on both sides taking to social media to attack the other.

However, in the end, voters did, indeed, stick with experience.

Pallone said he couldn't be happier to have the chance to serve his community for another term.

“It feels great. I'm honored by the voters to serve another six years,” he said.

McKinley said that he will continue to serve on Arnold Council to improve the city.

“I'm going to keep working to make the area better,” he said.

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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