Sunday, March 21, 2021

Urban Announces Candidacy for Magisterial District Judge

Attorney, Anthony “Tony” J. Urban announced late last week his candidacy for for Magisterial District Judge for District Court 21-2-01, Frackville.

Urban, a lifelong resident of Butler Township, thanks his supporters for nominating him as a candidate, by petitions signed by both the Republican and Democratic voters. Urban will be appearing on the ballot in the Primary Election on May 18, 2021.

“I am the only candidate running for the position who actually has a Law Degree.” said Urban.

Atty. Urban has a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) law degree, as well an advanced LL.M. law degree in criminal and civil trial advocacy. “I was the only and very first lawyer in the County with that distinction” said Urban.

Urban assures that with his knowledge of the law, the transition to District Judge will be “very smooth” and “seamless” should he win.

“People who know me know that I really don’t like talking about myself very much, but, in practicing law for nearly 30 years, no other candidate has attained the education nor obtained the experience that I have. Even before law school, I had ‘the law running through my veins’. As a kid, I helped out in my dad’s law office at first doing filing and secretarial work; eventually I started helping him with investigations, research and writing.” said Urban.

Attorney Urban says he is very familiar with the layout, staff and procedures of the Magistrate District Court in Frackville, having appeared there countless times before District Judges Nahas and Hale. 

He also says he is the only candidate to have handled thousands of civil and criminal cases in not only every single magisterial district court and courtroom in this county, but all throughout our entire Commonwealth in state and federal matters, including appeals to the highest Supreme Court. 

"I have served as an Arbitrator and have decided many complex cases. As the President of the Schuylkill County Bar Association, he says he has appeared before every judge in our county, and I have gained their respect and developed good working relationships with all of them. I am really proud that I am the only candidate to be able to say that.” Urban said.

Urban attributes his work ethic and wanting to serve the community to his parents.

“I am thankful that I was brought up in this area by wonderful parents who instilled in me to work hard and honestly, to further my education, and to give back to the community that supported me. Northern Schuylkill County was a great a place to grow up, but sadly I see our area suffering. The rampant blight, dilapidated structures and the crime associated with drugs is taking hold and spreading like an aggressive Stage 4 cancer. As a small business owner, and an advisor to other hard working business owners, I have personally seen how blight and drugs is destroying our area. It affects everyone. Property values are declining. And, I know I am not the only one who is fed up and worried about how our community will look like in a few years. I am also concerned about education and our school students, and therefore would be tough on repeated truancy violators.” he said.

Tony is also the President of the Urban Law Firm.

“Our law firm was founded on standing up for the injured, the powerless, the underdog…. And, right now, our community is the underdog. Our community needs a judge who is a champion and a fighter who has the knowledge, the experience and the guts to uphold the law against these offenders. I am the only candidate who has represented municipalities and school districts as a Solicitor, and who knows the complicated Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act like the back of my hand. I will be guided by my Christian beliefs and my oath to uphold the Constitutions and Laws of Pennsylvania and the United States, and I promise to stand up for our area so that we will win this fight.”

Tony is also a Trustee of the Urban Scholarship Fund, the Solicitor for the North Schuylkill School District, Butler Township, Barry Township, and the Borough of Cressona.  He is also a volunteer solicitor for the Mahanoy Creek Watershed Association and a Chairman of St. Charles Barromeo Church Finance Council.

Tony is a Past President Schuylkill County Bar Association, a 1997 graduate of Temple University School of Law, LL.M., 1994 graduate of Widener University School of Law, J.D.,  1991 graduate of Lehigh University, B.S. Finance, Magna Cum Laude, 1987 graduate of North Schuylkill H.S., Salutatorian, 1986 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, PA Governor’s School for the Sciences

Tony is also a member of BPOE (Elks) since 1994.

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