Richard Goldinger declares bid for Butler County judge seat

He has served 13 years as DA

January 13, 2021 Cranberry Local News


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Rich Goldinger

Citing a record of experience and service, Butler County District Attorney Richard A. Goldinger has announced that he will seek election to the Butler County Court of Common Pleas this year.

Goldinger, 51, has served the past 13 years as the county's chief law enforcement officer and top prosecutor. Before that, he was a trial attorney for 12 years, representing defendants and clients in criminal and civil cases.

It's that diversity of experience, he says, that would make him an asset to the bench.

“I've been honored and privileged to be elected DA for four terms and serve the citizens of Butler County for 13 years,” he said. “I think this presents an opportunity for me to serve them in a different way.

“I know the courtroom. I'm comfortable in the courtroom. I have a unique experience in my career, unlike probably most others in the county, that makes me a very qualified candidate.”

A county judicial position will be on the ballot in 2021 due to Judge Thomas Doerr's decision not to seek retention re-election this year for a fourth, 10-year term.

Goldinger stated his intention to seek both the GOP and Democratic nominations in the May primary. In Pennsylvania, common pleas judges, district judges and school board candidates can cross-file in primary elections.

Born and raised in Butler County, Goldinger, who lives in Penn Township, graduated from Butler High School in 1988.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.