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March 27, 2013

Board to seek jury commissioner nominations

NEW CASTLE — The Lawrence County Board of Elections plans to ask the two major political parties to nominate candidates for jury commissioner.

The candidates, one a Republican and one a Democrat, would be on the November ballot. The parties would have until Sept. 16 to file nomination certificates with the county.

The board’s request to the two parties is pending any further direction from the courts.

Earlier this month, the state Supreme Court overturned a law allowing counties such as Lawrence to abolish jury commissioners.

The Lawrence County commissioners adopted a resolution last year to eliminate the two jury commissioner positions when the terms of the current members expire this year.

As a result of the Supreme Court ruling, candidates for the two positions would be placed on the November ballot.

However, the Pennsylvania Association of Jury Commissioners has asked Commonwealth Court to allow candidates for jury commissioner to be placed on the May primary ballot instead.

It also is asking the court to order a special two-week period for candidates to obtain signatures on nomination petitions.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for April 3.

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