Bernard seeking office as judge

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County prosecutor and local attorney will run for county judge next year.

Jackie Bernard, who has been an assistant district attorney since 1995 and currently serves as first assistant district attorney, announced Monday that she will be a candidate for both the Republican and Democratic nominations in the spring primary.

Bernard, a Republican, is seeking the seat that will be available due to the retirement of Judge Jolene G. Kopriva as of Dec. 31, 2017.

“Being a prosecutor has allowed me to bring change, to battle drug crime and to hold killers accountable,” Bernard said in a statement announcing her candidacy. “As one of a dozen statewide members of the Task Force on Child Protection, I was able to advocate for sweeping changes in Pennsylvania law so that kids feel secure where they live and play.”

Bernard was also one of the local leaders involved in the pursuit to establish a local child advocacy center where agencies could coordinate services involving abused children.

Bernard holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and a law degree from Duquesne University.

Retired state Rep. Jerry Stern and local business leader Nancy Campbell are co-chairing Bernard’s campaign.

“I’ve observed Jackie’s career as a prosecutor for many years,” Stern said. “No one is tougher, but no one is more committed to being fair and getting it right.”

Campbell praised Bernard as someone who understands the connection between the breakdown of families and community and the high cost to society.

Bernard and her campaign committee are planning a kickoff rally for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the American Legion Post 516 Social Hall in Hollidaysburg.