Bedford attorney Hershey announces bid for judge post

Bedford attorney Brandi Hershey announced her candidacy Monday for common pleas judge.

“An effective judge will balance justice with compassion. One thing I’ve learned is that justice is sometimes difficult to attain,” Hershey said.

“During my career, I’ve learned that there is evil in this world, and I’ve seen it firsthand. I’ve been at homicide crime scenes, comforted the grieving families of victims, and then stood with those same family members when the jury announced a guilty verdict,” she added. “These experiences have prepared me to serve our community as the next judge of the Bedford County Court of Common Pleas.”

The candidate is the founder of the Law Office of Brandi J. Hershey and has been practicing law for 20 years, according to a news release.

Hershey is licensed to practice by the Pennsyl­vania Supreme Court and can practice in state courts and the U.S. District Court. The courts have previously appointed her to serve as a master, arbitrator and guardian ad litem.

She has served as an assistant district attorney in both Bedford and Blair counties and worked as a special deputy attorney general with the state Attorney General’s Office and the Governor’s Office of General Counsel.

Hershey also serves as solicitor for the Bedford County Chamber of Com­merce, Downtown Bedford Inc. and various boroughs, townships and authorities.

Outside of work, Hershey said she is active in the community, noting her current and past involvement in multiple county organizations including the Bedford Sunrise Rotary Club, Bedford Lions Club, the Bedford County Develop­ment Association and the Bedford County Library among others.

The Bedford County native is a graduate of the California University of Pennsylvania and Dickinson School of Law. She attended Chestnut Ridge High School before attending university.

Hershey and her husband, Brad, have two children.