Boyd, Ne­vius to face off for Berks judge seat

James, Chi­effo will com­pete for dis­trict jus­tice race

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tony Phyril­las tphyril­las@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @tony­phyril­las on Twit­ter

Two at­tor­neys will bat­tle it out in Novem­ber for an open seat on the Berks County Court of Com­mon Pleas.

Four can­di­dates were on the bal­lot in the May 16 pri­mary elec­tion, with one Demo­crat and one Repub­li­can com­ing out on top in their re­spec­tive pri­maries, set­ting up a show­down in the gen­eral elec­tion.

Tina Boyd, 45, of Oley, won the Demo­cratic pri­mary with 6,743 votes. Kelly Kline, 43, of Ex­eter, fin­ished sec­ond with 5,334 votes. Michael J. Cam­marano Sr., 68, of Spring Town­ship, fin­ished third with 2,900 votes. Ben Ne­vius, 37, of Oley, trailed with 1,389 votes.

Ne­vius won the GOP nom­i­na­tion with 6,590 votes. Fin­ish­ing sec­ond was Boyd with 5,550 votes. Third-place went to Kline with 2,645 votes. Cam­marano fin­ished with 2,985 votes.

All four can­di­dates cross-filed in both the Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can pri­maries. Boyd, Kline and Cam­marano are reg­is­tered Democrats. Ne­vius was the only reg­is­tered Repub­li­can on the bal­lot.

Judges serve 10-year terms, af­ter which they can seek a “yes-no” re­ten­tion vote for an­other 10year term. The cur­rent an­nual salary for county judges is $178,868.

There were also a con­tested race for dis­trict jus­tice seats in Berks County.

Dis­trict 23-3-3

For Dis­trict 23-3-3, based in Oley, there will be a con­test in Novem­ber to de­cide the next dis­trict judge. Four can­di­dates — Matthew James, Steven Chi­effo, Daniel VanBil­liard and David G. Krott — were run­ning for an open seat to be va­cated by Dis­trict Judge Vic­tor M. Frederick IV, who is not seek­ing re-elec­tion.

James won the Demo­cratic pri­mary and Chi­effo won the Repub­li­can pri­mary, set­ting up a con­test in the gen­eral elec­tion.

In the Demo­cratic pri­mary, James, 44, of Rus­comb­manor, was the top vote-get­ter with 649 votes, fol­lowed by Chi­effo, 46, of Amity, with 473 votes, VanBil­liard, 47, of Longswamp, with 324 votes and Krott, 62, of Al­sace, with 207 votes.

In the Repub­li­can pri­mary, Chi­effo won with 942 votes, fol­lowed by James with 484 votes, VanBil­liard with 402 votes and Krott with 273 votes.

The dis­trict in­cludes Al­sace, Amity, Dis­trict, Longswamp, Oley, Pike, Rock­land and Rus­comb­manor town­ships and Top­ton bor­ough.

Dis­trict jus­tices serve for six years and are cur­rently paid $89,438 an­nu­ally.

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