Fran Chardo for Dauphin County
Court of Common Pleas
My name is Fran Chardo and I am running for judge. For over nineteen years, I have practiced law full time. I am one of only 20 board certified criminal trial advocates in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since 1994, I have had the privilege of prosecuting cases in the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.
In 2003, District Attorney Ed Marsico appointed me First Assistant District Attorney, the second-in-command of an office with 26 prosecutors and 11 detectives. I have prosecuted thousands of cases and personally tried over 125 jury trials.
When warranted, I have sought and obtained long penitentiary sentences for violent felons. When appropriate, I have given second chances to non-violent offenders.
In nineteen years of practice, I have always sought to do justice and protect my community. I hope to do the same as a judge of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas.
I have done my best to serve the community in which I live. I serve on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Pennsylvania and was board president of this great organization from 2010 until 2012. I previously served on the board of the Capital Area Unit of the American Cancer Society for seven years and as president of that board from 2005 until 2007.
From 2010 until 2012, I served as a member of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking.
... teaching duties have helped to advance my knowledge and devotion to the law. They have made me a better lawyer and I believe these experiences would make me an outstanding judge.
A judge has the duty of instructing jurors on the law. I have taught the law both at the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University and at Widener University School of Law. I have taught prosecutors from all over the country as a faculty member of the National Advocacy Center at the University of South Carolina. Here in Pennsylvania, I taught at the police academy for many years and I continue to teach and create courses for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute.
These teaching duties have helped to advance my knowledge and devotion to the law. They have made me a better lawyer and I believe these experiences would make me an outstanding judge.
In nineteen years of practice, I have always sought to do justice and protect my community.
I hope to do the same as a judge of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas.
I am very proud of what I have accomplished as a prosecutor over the years. Whether prosecuting notorious murderers or public officials who have abused their authority, I have sought to make Dauphin County a better and safer place.
I have also seen the good achieved by all the current members of our court of common pleas. The great work of our former prosecutors on the bench, President Judge Todd Hoover, former President Judge Rich Lewis, and Judges John Cherry, Deborah Curcillo, Bernie Coates, and Andrew Dowling, have convinced me that I am the best person to fill this position. As much as I enjoy my current position of First Assistant District Attorney, I feel obligated to take this next step.
I would appreciate your support.
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