WINDBER — A veteran area attorney has announced he will seek both the Republican and Democratic nominations to replace retired District Judge Joseph Cannoni as magistrate for District 2.
William E. Seger, 52, of Windber has practiced law in the region for 26 years and serves as solicitor for the Somerset County Tax Claim Bureau, Windber Municipal Authority, Windber Zoning Board and Windber Planning Commission.
“Magisterial court is the first encounter most citizens have with the judicial system and in reality the only court they will have the opportunity to have their legal issues resolved,” said Seger, a married father of one son. “Based on my 26 years’ experience as an attorney, I believe I can fairly and effectively make decisions that impact those citizens’ lives.”
An avid reader, Seger also serves as treasurer for the Windber Public Library and vice president of the Somerset County Federated Library System.
Seger graduated from Windber Area High School and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 1987.
Seger said his years of experience and public service in Windber will help make him a better magistrate if elected to replace Cannoni, who has been covering the office as a senior judge.
“Community service makes for a more well-rounded person, a more well-rounded magistrate,” he said.
Seger ran for Somerset County district attorney in 2007, losing to the incumbent, Jerry Spangler.
Seger seeks district judge post
Attorney William E. Seger