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Weeks plans run for DA

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County District Attorney Pete Weeks announced Tuesday that he will be a candidate for the four-year job that comes up for grabs this year.

Weeks, who has been district attorney since April 1 when Richard Consiglio retired from the post, became the first candidate to unveil his intention to seek the seat.

“I want to assure you that under my leadership, the Blair County district attorney’s office will remain dedicated to the preservation of justice and the protection of our community, in keeping with the legacies left behind by my predecessors,” Weeks said in announcing his intent at the U.S. Hotel Tavern in Hollidaysburg. “If elected as district attorney, my office will continue to emphasize victim-driven prosecution and aggressive drug enforcement.”

Weeks made his announcement among a small group of supporters in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with a live broadcast on his campaign’s Facebook page. Those present included Consiglio and former District Attorney Dave Gorman, now a senior deputy in the state Attorney General’s office. Both have worked with Weeks and praise him.

“He was the individual I trusted most to follow in my footsteps,” Consiglio said.

“He’s always prepared,” Gorman said. “And as far as the law goes, he’s among the most intelligent people I know.”

Weeks moved to Blair County in 2007 when he was hired as an assistant district attorney to address the county’s increasing amount of drug and drug-related crimes. His focus has since expanded to include all crimes, including prosecutions that have yielded convictions in six murder cases, including two life sentences, and numerous convictions for homicide, drug and child abuse offenses with penalties exceeding 20 years.

This year’s primary is scheduled for May 18.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.

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