Attorney Rick Jennings of Sayre announces he will run for District Judge.

This, just weeks after former District Magistrate Judge Michael Shaw said he will not seek re-election following an investigation into an alleged sex scandal with the girlfriend of a drug court participant, whose trial Shaw presided over.

Jennings says he is committed to helping the people of the valley, and promises to be a fair and honest judge if elected.

“I know the people in this community, I care about the people in this community, I went to law school so I could help people,” Jennings said. “As an attorney, I have helped many people and many families dealing with problems… drug and alcohol problems, domestic problems, financial problems. It’s important to help people overcome problems so you can get them back on the right track in life and the District Justice position is the next step in my quest to help people.”

Being an attorney, Jennings works closely with the staff at the District Judge’s Office, something he says gives him an advantage in running for the position.

“I work on a regular basis down at the District Judge Office,” Jennings said. “I’m down there almost every Tuesday for criminal day, I work with the judge, I work with staff, probation, police officers, supervised bail. I know the system very well and I understand the tribulations people have when they come in there so if you can treat everyone in a civil manner and a fair manner then I think that’s what it’s all about.

Jennings will run against Athens Township Police Chief Larry Hurley in the primaries on May 15.