Walsh Announces Bid for Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas
State Rep. Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland) announced that he is launching a bid for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Westmoreland County.
In his campaign release, he cited his background as an attorney, legislator, and small businessman with over 22 years of experience and the need for “strong conservative judges.”
“Recent events in Washington, D.C. and right here in Pennsylvania convinced me that, now more than ever, we must have strong conservative judges on the bench,” Walsh said in a statement. “The decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to judicially gerrymander the 2018 Congressional districts, drove me to run for judge after long discussions with my wife and family.”
Walsh was first elected to represent the 58th District in 2016, and bested Democrat Mary Popovich in both of his successful bids to represent the district.
He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1997 and is a member of the Westmoreland and Washington County Bar Associations and currently practices in Greensburg.
He said if elected, he will be a “tough, fair judge” and cites his role on the Judiciary Committee as a positive for jumping in the race.
“People who know me know I will be a tough, fair judge who will interpret and apply the law, but never legislate from the bench,” Walsh in a statement. “As an attorney, I have zealously represented my clients through all levels of the justice system. As a State Representative, I have played a part in passing tough laws to hold criminals accountable. I am running for judge to continue this history of public service and ensure a quality judiciary for Westmoreland County.”
He vowed to run an efficient court system for taxpayers, and touts preserving public safety and combating the drug epidemic, while fighting corruption in Harrisburg as more reasons he’s entered the race.