Ed Smith, local attorney, will announce his candidacy for the office of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County at 5:30 p.m. inside the Erie Maritime Museum.
Ed has 34 years of experience as a practicing attorney in Erie County, Pennsylvania. In 2014, he served as the President of the Erie County Bar Association where he championed the formation of the Women’s Division. He has practiced in a wide variety of areas of law and began his career clerking in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Homicide Division. He has received the highest anonymous rating from his peers with regards to legal ability and legal ethics.
Ed successfully litigated a class action suit in federal court in Erie seeking to protect the rights of spouses to their pensions who were involved in divorce actions. In addition, he successfully prevented a company from being sued under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices Act in a potential class action suit.
Ed has been involved in numerous community organizations, to include: the United Way, serving as Chair of the Allocations Division as well as a director; past president of the Erie Homes for Children and Adults and co-chair of the recent capital campaign; the Boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Erie, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Erie United Methodist Alliance, an agency that runs homeless shelters such as the Liberty House and the Refuge.
“The position of Judge is one which comes with the utmost level of trust,” said Smith. “I am grateful to have earned the trust of so many and would be honored to serve Erie County to ensure the integrity of our community. The question becomes, who will you trust to protect our community? Who has the experience and maturity to make wise decisions?”
Smith is excited to make his candidacy and prove he is the strongest choice for judge. Ed said he was eager to earn the trust of Erie County voters.
Ed and his wife Jennifer of 33 years have two children and reside in Millcreek Township.