Kurowski seeking judicial seat

January 24, 2013

Canton Township attorney Charles Kurowski will be among the candidates vying for a judicial position in Washington County in this year’s election.

Kurowski, 60, will share the ballot with five other announced candidates in the May primary election for two Court of Common Pleas seats that were left vacant with the retirement of Judge Janet Moschetta Bell and Paul Pozonsky last year. It is his sixth run for a Washington County judicial seat.

“We have a judicial crisis. We are in serious need of legal leadership and clarity in our judiciary and the application of law to help not harm families,” said Kurowski, who has been a practicing trial attorney for 33 years handling cases from the magisterial level to arguments before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

“I have handled civil cases in which my clients over those years have received over $1 million in awards,” he added.

Kurowski prides himself on being an outspoken champion of the pubic’s rights to good law and upholding the U.S. Constitution.

“This is something the government and our courts are slowly discarding,” he stated. “I have gone head to head with judges and their misapplication of the law and their bad decisions.”

Kurowski explained that a judge’s bad decision “affects us all and costs us thousands of dollars unnecessarily.”

A member of the Washington County Bar Association, Kurowski is president of the association’s Family Division, in which he implemented a monthly schooling for members on cases being decided by the appellate courts. He is a graduate of the Duquesne Law School. He also has a master’s degree in sociology from Duquesne graduate school.

He has served as a volunteer for many nonprofit clubs and organizations, and currently serves on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity.

Kurowski said he is disheartened by the state of the Washington County judiciary as “some of our judges have become an embarrassment across the state and to the taxpayers that pay their salaries to whom they are accountable.”

“This is what lawyers and the general public must face when they come to the courthouse to find justice and fairness in keeping our families safe,” he said.

Kurowski said his more than three decades of legal experience will give him an advantage. “It is critical to elect someone with years of experience instead of someone who is just starting to understand the law,” he stated. “Electing someone with 10 years of experience means that person may be on the bench for 30 years trying to learn the law instead of already having applied it.”

If elected, he also would work to implement drug and alcohol testing for judges.

Kurowski and his wife live in Canton Township. He will cross-file and seek both political parties’ nomination.

Linda Metz has been with the Observer-Reporter since 2000, covering Washington County courts and politics, as well as the city of Washington. She previously was employed by the Tribune Review. She is a graduate of Point Park College, now a university, in Pittsburgh.

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