Centre County Courthouse after Jeff Fields' sentencing

Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa, following Jeffrey Fields' sentencing on Friday July 8, 2022. 

Centre County attorney Julia Rater announced her candidacy for Centre County judge on Tuesday.

According to a release, Rater announced she submitted the nominating petitions to the Pennsylvania Department of State, allowing her name to be on the ballot for the upcoming election.

Rater has practiced law in Centre County for 27 years and is a current partner McQuaide Blasko.

In addition, Rater served 15 years on the Board of Governors of the Centre County Bar Association, the release said.

Rater said her values — “consideration, active listening, and respect" — will "guide her as a judge."

Rater is also Association’s Bench-Bar Committee chair, co-author of "Custody Law and Practice in Pennsylvania" and serves as Instructor for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, according to the release.

“I am deeply touched by the wonderful people who stepped up to sign my petitions and to circulate petitions to their friends,” Rater said in the release.

Gopal Balachandran, assistant professor of clinical law at Penn State Law, is also running for the Centre County judge seat in the next election.


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