Attorney John DeCaro has announced he will be a candidate for judge of the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas.

He is seeking the judgeship currently held by Judge Thomas M. Piccione, who plans to retire at the end of this year, after reaching the state’s mandatory retirement age of 70.

DeCaro, of Ellwood City, plans to run on both Democratic and Republican ballots in the May 19 primary.

Historically, the newest judge in the county is assigned to the family division to handle cases including divorce, custody and support, an area DeCaro said he has an “intense” interest and experience.

“The heart of our community is our families,” DeCaro said in a press release. “I bring the integrity, fairness and legal knowledge based on my years of experience as an attorney, a husband and a father to serve that important segment of our community.”

DeCaro, 47, received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and law degree from the Toledo College of Law. He is with the firm of Cusick and DeCaro.

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