President Judge Kevin Brobson will offer a new voice and perspective to Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court. He will be a voice of reason, a defender of the law as it is written, and a champion of fair and impartial justice.
Born and raised in Lycoming County, Kevin is the son of a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper and grandson of former Philadelphia Police Officer. His mother worked at the Little League Baseball’s National headquarters in Williamsport. Growing up, his parents taught him that there is no substitute for hard work.
Kevin went to college and law school in Central Pennsylvania and then clerked for a federal judge in Philadelphia before becoming an associate with Pittsburgh-headquartered Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. There he stayed in private practice for 14 years, working in commercial litigation and administrative law, eventually becoming a shareholder and practice group chair in the firm.
Since 2010, Kevin has served as a judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, a statewide intermediate appellate court one step below the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The Commonwealth Court is entrusted with the important responsibility of ensuring that government, at all levels, follows the law. He has not shied away from the controversial cases during his tenure. He has ruled in favor of gun rights, school choice, and, perhaps most notably, the justiciability of constitutional challenges to congressional districts drawn by the state legislature. His colleagues expressed their confidence in his collegiality, professionalism, and leadership when, in December 2020, they elected Kevin to serve as the 10th President Judge of the Commonwealth Court.
President Judge Brobson and his wife Lauren are raising their three children in a rural community just outside of Harrisburg, Dauphin County. Kevin is an active and engaged father and husband, often found coaching teams, cheering on the sidelines, running the after-school family shuttle, cooking dinner, and walking the family dogs. The Pennsylvania Bar Association has awarded him its highest rating—highly recommended—for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Attorney Stacy Wallace is excited to announce her candidacy for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Wallace, a resident of Bradford, small business owner, and current president of the McKean County Bar Association, believes her legal experience and values are exactly what Pennsylvania’s judiciary system needs.
“We are experiencing a crisis of confidence in our legal systems, both across the country and right here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Wallace said. “As a judge, I want to restore Pennsylvanians’ trust in their judicial system and assure them of fair and balanced adjudication in all matters.”
After passing the bar in 2004, Wallace pursued a career in law to ensure those less fortunate would have the quality legal representation they deserve— no matter their circumstances. Whether serving her church, volunteering in her community, or advocating for clients in the courtroom, Wallace has always emphasized the importance of justice, kindness, and humility.
Reflecting on her decision to run for office Wallace noted, “From my first judicial clerkship, which inspired me to one day become a judge, and throughout my legal career, I have always respected those who apply restraint from the bench and who stand firm in the rule of law. If elected, I can be counted on to adhere to both the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, and to uphold our laws in the spirit with which they were intended.”
Unique to Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court is one of two statewide intermediate appellate courts, serves as the trial court for lawsuits filed by or against the Commonwealth, and oversees matters involving local governments, regulatory agencies, and election law. In referencing its important role in Pennsylvania’s court system Wallace concluded, “I hope my unique perspective will strengthen the Commonwealth Court’s ability to rule fairly and justly on behalf of all Pennsylvanians.”
I, Vicky M. Madine. wish to announce my intention for candidacy for the Republican nomination for Mckean County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts in the May, 2021 primary.
Laura L. Isadore is planning to retire and will not seek another term.
I am a 1985 graduate of Bradford Area High School and a 1996 graduate of Olean Business Institute in Olean, NY.
I began employment in the Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Office in 1990 as a Clerk and was later appointed as First Deputy by Bonnie Moore Howard. After raising my two children, I then returned in 2015 to the Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Office as a Clerk. I was then, again, appointed as First Deputy by Laura Isadore and still currently hold that position.
My family and I have been proud, long-term, residents of Mckean County. Tim, my husband, and I reside in Smethport.
Thank you for your anticipated support.
Was born and raised in Kane. Graduated from Kane Area High School in 1985. Married to Elizabeth, also from Kane. My parents are John and Cheri Bloomquist from Kane.
Graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in May 1990, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Started working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in Lewis Run as an accountant in September 1990.
In January 1996, transferred within the BOP to a couple different duty stations before settling at the BOP, Central Office, in Washington, DC in July 2000.
In April 2002, was promoted to Chief, Accounting Policies and Procedures, where responsible for developing and putting into practice the accounting internal controls and policies for the entire agency, covering 120 federal prisons and six regional offices.
In June 2012, was promoted to Deputy Chief, Finance Branch, where responsible for an immediate accounting staff of 90 positions and oversight of approximately 750 financial staff agency wide. Was in charge of the Office of Inspector General’s independent audit of the BOP’s financial statements and the accounting of a $6.8 billion budget. Held this position until retiring from the BOP in September 2015 after 25 years of public service at the federal level.
After retiring, I relocated back to Kane with the intention of continuing my public service for the community I love so much. I ran for the McKean County Controller position in 2017 and won the Republican primary and ran un-opposed in the general election. I began my term on January 1, 2018.
Since becoming the County Controller, I have implemented many internal controls, policies, and procedures to sure up the integrity of the County’s accounting processes and reporting.
I have more that I would like to accomplish before formally retiring so I am running for another term. The County will have to migrate to a new pension software in the next year and I feel it is important to have a Controller with experience in the County’s pension program to oversee that migration.
Additionally, I have been working with the County’s independent auditors to cut the amount of time needed for the audit, and the amount of work the auditors have been performing for the County. If granted another term, I believe I will be able to eliminate the extra work the auditors perform saving the County a substantial amount of money in the end.
I am a member of the Kane Elks Lodge# 329. Before relocating, I served as the President of the Kane Wrestling Club and volunteered has a high school wrestling coach for a number of years. I’ve also volunteered as a coach in the Kane Area Little League and American Legion baseball.
I, Daniel Woods, would like to take this opportunity to announce my intention to run for Re-Election as McKean County Sheriff in the upcoming May primary election on the Republican ballot.
I was born in Kane, Pa and graduated from Kane High School in 1983. After graduation, I worked a short time for Thompson Floor Covering in Kane. In February of 1985 I then enlisted in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged after 10 years of service. After the Air Force I went to work for the Pennsylvania State Police for 4 years as a dispatcher and then 16 years as a trooper. I retired in October of 2016.
After the completion of my military service, I moved to Smethport where I currently reside today.
Aside from my career background, I also possess many qualities that are essential to be the Sheriff. I am an honest and trustworthy person, who values family and community. I have been married to my wife, Kim (Morey) Woods for over 35 years, am a father of 2 daughters, Megan and Kayla and I am a grandfather to one year old twins. I possess an even temperament and have had a great deal of experience making detailed decisions in difficult situations. Lastly, but certainly not least, I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment.
I started working for the McKean County Sheriff’s Office on October 13, 2014 as a Field Deputy and was sworn in as Sheriff in January 2016.
Since being sworn in as Sheriff in January 2016, with the hard work of the McKean County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and staff and with the assistance of all the Police Departments in McKean County (Bradford City, Foster Twp., Bradford Twp., Kane Borough, Smethport Borough, Port Allegany Borough, Otto-Eldred Regional and The Pennsylvania State Police), the District Attorney’s Office, McKean County Adult Probation and the McKean County Courts; bench warrants have been reduced by approx. 65%. The McKean County Sheriff’s Office began accepting applications for Pistol Permits online, allowing for less wait time to pick up a permit. The McKean County Sheriff’s Office began accepting applications for Pistol Permits online, allowing for less wait time to pick up a permit. The Sheriff’s Office has continued to use the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Program to promote gun safety to children. As a Child Safety Seat Technician, I have checked numerous Child Safety seats and participated with the Pennsylvania State Police at Checkup Events across the County. I have also worked closely with the McKean County Commissioners and the excellent staff at the McKean County jail to continually make necessary updates and improvements to keep the staff and the inmates safe and secure.
I would like to thank everyone for their continued support and I look forward to continuing to work for the citizens of McKean County.
Hello, my name is Melissa Jo Smith. On May 18th, 2021, I am asking you to support me in the primary election as a Republican candidate for Re-Election for McKean County Treasurer.
Since becoming the Treasurer, I have implemented a new accounting software to streamline dog licenses, small games of chance and bingo licenses. Updated many internal controls, policies and accounting processes. I was able to increase hotel excise tax income by 7% of its annual income. I also assisted in the preparation and process of applications for small business grants throughout the County for the COVID-19 Relief funds. Currently working on online bill payment for Bradford City County Tax Collection and many other amazing ideas to keep McKean County moving in the positive direction.
From 2015 to 2019, I was appointed as Keating Township Treasurer and Secretary. During this time, I have worked extensively with township supervisors to develop budgets that enable the municipality to purchase new equipment and address various road and bridge projects. Additional responsibilities include payroll, tax collections, AP/AR, insurance, pensions and annual audits.
Prior to my employment with Keating Township, I was an office manager for Bob Cummins Construction for four years, staff accountant for Joel Anderson, CPA and owned and operated Bridal Boutique and Tuxedos from 2004 to 2014.
I am a member of McKean County Republican GOP along with a committee member of Pennsylvania Republican GOP. I’ve been just appointed on the Rew Water Association board last month.
A Bradford native, I graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1996. In 2000, I received a dual bachelors degree in business management and economics with a minor in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. I reside in Rew, PA with my husband of 15 years, Chris “Topher” Smith and our three children; Mayla, Maverick and Clayson.
A VOTE FOR ME IS A VOTE FOR OUR COMMUNITY
I have lived in Bradford Township for over 50 years. My maiden name is Birtcil and I grew up on Minard Run. My husband Troy and I raised our two children Tori and Jacob in Bradford Township. I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a B.S. in Business Management and concentration in Accounting. I have had a successful career in the business and accounting field for over 30 years.
I have volunteered my time to community organizations throughout my adult life. Not only have I have held leadership roles in these organizations over the years, but I am also currently the VP of the Evergreen Elm Board and the President Elect of the Kiwanis Club of Bradford. I am an alumni of Leadership McKean’s inaugural class as well as the 2019 class. It would be an honor to take the next step to serving my community as a public servant for the citizens of Bradford Township.
I do have concerns about the current reputation of our township. I will bring my education, professional and leadership experiences to the township and work closely with the other Supervisors to bring back sound governance, accountability, and transparency. We will provide a Saturday Morning Coffee time once a month to meet with anyone from the township who may have questions or concerns. We will begin live-streaming monthly meetings so anyone can attend regardless of space restrictions.
I am also concerned about the well-being of our senior citizens. Living on a fixed income with escalating costs can be difficult. I have started working on a plan to assist our senior citizens who are struggling financially. Not only has a fund been started through the McKean County Community Foundation, but we will also organize a group of individuals who can help out in many areas such as construction, transportation, technology, paperwork, meals or just a visit. I am very excited about this endeavor and I hope that others within the community will be as well.
When I say that a vote for me is a vote for our community, I mean that from the heart. This town is made up of amazing individuals and it is a true honor to do my part to keep it a fantastic place for you and your family.