Andrea Cardamone

Andrea Cardamone

One of the organizations representing police officers in Chester County has given a longtime prosecutor its nod for Common Pleas Court judge.

Members of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 66, which includes state police troopers who cover Chester, Lancaster and York counties, voted this week to endorse Deputy District Attorney Andrea Cardamone in her effort to seek election for a 10-year term on the county bench.

Cardamone, a Republican of Malvern is one of four candidates running for two vacant seats on the bench. The others include Democrats Bret Binder of East Bradford and Analisa Sondergaard of Tredyffrin, both magisterial district judges in the county, and Republican Charles Gaza of East Marlborough, the District Attorney's Office chief of staff.

The FOP's endorsement, which was announced by the Chester County Republican committee, did not specify what the endorsement procedures consisted of, or what the vote of the FOP was to give Cardamone the lodge's support.

“I am incredibly grateful and honored to announce my recent endorsement by the Pennsylvania State Police FOP Lodge 66," Cardamone said in a statement issued by the GOP. "I have been lucky to work with so many exceptional state troopers throughout my 17 years at the DA’s office. Law enforcement is truly a team effort. The hard work, professionalism and expertise of these troopers make my job possible.

"In turn, I know they rely on me and the rest of my office to make sure their efforts aren’t wasted," she said. "While not every conversation is easy and we don’t always agree, I have always strived to be respectful and I have worked hard to earn their trust and respect in return. Their support and endorsement means a lot.”

The members of FOP Lodge 66 detailed their endorsement of Andrea Cardamone by stating, “(We) support Andrea Cardamone’s effort to take this experience, dedication, and tireless work ethic to the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. We are confident that Andrea Cardamone will do this job the right way and comport herself on the court as she has as a prosecutor for the citizens of Chester County.”

“Andrea’s track record in the courtroom makes her uniquely well-qualified for the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. She will be a thoughtful and fair jurist and we are proud to help elect her to the bench” added GOP Chairman Rich Loughery.

To contact Staff Writer Michael P. Rellahan call 610-696-1544.

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