Baldwin Township Democrat Paul E. Cozza, an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge since August, will run for a full term on the court this coming election season, according to a news release.
Cozza was nominated to fill a vacancy on the court by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett this past June and was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate in July before being sworn into office on Aug. 14.
"It is an honor to serve the people of Allegheny County on the Court of Common Pleas, which is why I am seeking a full term in the upcoming election," Judge Cozza said in the release. "As one of only two candidates in the race who is a sitting judge, I have demonstrated that I have the background and experience necessary to effectively serve as a judge on the court."
Cozza currently serves in the Family Division of the court and has pledged to remain in that division.
"I am committed to remaining in the Family Division of the court because I feel it's the most important place one can make a difference in the lives of young people and their families," Cozza said. "There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that you followed the law and made a decision that protected a child from abuse, or just made their life a little better."
Cozza has 21 years of legal experience as an attorney and as a judge. Prior to his service on the bench, Cozza heard more than 2,000 cases while serving as a special master to the Allegheny County Board of Viewers, which hears real estate assessments appeals, eminent domain and condemnation cases.
Cozza also served as a legal constituent liaison for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, beginning in 2006 until he was sworn into office.
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