As we get announcements for district judge, we’ll build out this list.
District Court 19-2-05
Covers Spring Garden Township, North York, West York
Jennifer Clancy: Cross filed. Clancy has practiced law for more than 20 years, the last 15 in private practice. Clerked with a state appellate judge and interned with the district attorney’s office. York Suburban School Board member, Church of the Open Door member, coached youth sports.
York City Police Officer Blake D. McBride has announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Judge, 19-2-05.
In a news release, McBride states that “First and foremost I care about the safety of our children and our community. … I have been in law enforcement for over 30 years (27 years in York) and I have dedicated my entire adult life to protecting and serving the community with integrity and honor. During my tenure I have received numerous Chief’s commendations and was recognized as Police Officer of the Year in 2009. I possess a multitude of law enforcement experience including, but not limited to: Vice/ Narcotics Investigator, Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Motorcycle Officer, and Community Police Officer.
In addition to his skills as a police officer, McBride has already attained the necessary certification by the State Minor Judiciary board to serve as a magisterial district judge.
McBride, 49, of Spring Garden Township, is married and has three children and three grandchildren. He coached high school soccer for about nine years, and has volunteered at the Food Bank, school booster club events, clean-up days, and other community events. He is also a member of Saint Andrews Episcopal Church. He adds that he spent his childhood traveling the United States and the world with his parents, and experiencing many different geographical areas and cultures.
District Court 19-3-03
Covers Hopewell, East Hopewell, North Hopewell, Fawn, Peach Bottom and Lower Chanceford townships. It also covers Stewartstown, Cross Roads, Winterstown, Fawn Grove and Delta boroughs.
“It’s an honor to serve, and I hope to continue doing so,” Olwert said in the release. “I’m proud of my record serving on the bench in a fair and impartial manner consistent with the law.”
Olwert has served as judge for more than 12 years. A lifelong resident of the area, he used to work for James Hodge, a former district judge.
Olwert also served on the York County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Laura Manifold, an attorney who lives in Hopewell Township, has announced she is running for district judge for the District 19-3-03 in Stewartstown, currently held by John Olwert.
Manifold, a graduate of Kennard-Dale High School, earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has been practicing law in York County for the past 11 years. She has also served as an arbitrator for the York County Common Pleas Court.
York area attorney Jennifer Tobias announced her candidacy Feb. 25 for district judge for the District 19-3-03 in Stewartstown, currently held by John Olwert.Tobias, of Stewartstown, graduated from Widener University School of Law in 1996. She then worked in the state House of Representatives and later served as legal counsel/executive director of the state Senate Finance Committee.
Tobias’ next position was deputy district attorney for Dauphin County in 2000.
“When I had my son in 2005, I went to part-time criminal defense work, which I still practice,” Tobias wrote in an email. “I also have represented children in … cases with the courts.”
Tobias is currently president of the South Eastern School Board of Directors, of which she has been a member for five years, she wrote. She also has volunteered as a T-ball coach for South Eastern baseball and is an active member of the Stewartstown PTA.