Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Nick Englesson to Seek Bethlehem Judgeship
Bethlehem Attorney Nick Englesson, a Bethlehem native and life-long resident, is expected to kick off his campaign for magisterial district judge on Wednesday, 7 pm, at Concordia Lutheran Church Hall on 1240 E 4th St, Bethlehem. Nick will be running for the magisterial position once held by Liz Romig, and more recently, her daughter, Patricia Romig-Passaro. The office is currently vacant. The district includes parts of northeast Bethlehem, southeast Bethlehem and Freemansburg.
Nick is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pittsburgh Law School. He has practiced law for 38 years and was selected by the courts to serve as a Judicial Special Master eight years ago. He heard and made recommendations in child custody disputes as well as juvenile dependency and delinquency matters. "As a Special Master, I have run my own courtroom on a weekly basis and want to serve as a judge on a full-time basis here in my own community,” he has said. He has resigned his position as Special Master to run for this judicial seat.
Englesson also served as an Assistant District Attorney for 17 years, handling all kinds of cases, from drunk driving to homicide.
He has run for magistrate twice before, in 2001 and 2005, in West Bethlehem. He hopes todobetter runningin the district where he grew up.
He also served as a Lehigh County Commissioner for four years, but never took himself seriously. When he was running for Commissioner, he once handed me a card that said, "Nick Englesson for Commissioner, You could do worse." He thinks lightly of himself and deeply of others.
“I come from humble beginnings. My family ran a diner and grocery store on the South Side when I was a kid. I grew up in a working class neighborhood, in an ethnic family. My district is comprised of people from all walks of life and I look forward to serving them as their District Judge,” said Englesson.
Nick is opposed by another outstanding candidate, Jon Whittingson, a constable who is Patricia Romig-Passaaro's husband.
A third candidate, distinguished police officer Fred Lahovsky, is also considering his options.