Dempsey Enters Race for Lackawanna County Judge

Atty. Mary Walsh Dempsey of Scranton has announced her intention to run for an upcoming vacancy on the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas in the May Primary Election.

Dempsey, who currently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel for Ufberg and Associates in Scranton, has practiced law in Lackawanna County full time for the past 30 years. Her three-decade legal career includes extensive experience in civil law, both in state and federal courtrooms, and experience in criminal law.

“Over the past 30 years, I have represented thousands of individual clients with passion, tenacity, intellect, integrity and the utmost respect for the law.  I am proud to put my experience, my vast legal knowledge and my strong sense of community on the ballot in May as a candidate for Lackawanna County Judge.”

Dempsey just recently completed a one-year term as the President of the Lackawanna Bar Association, and she was selected to fill a five-month vacancy as a Scranton City Council member in 2019. She also worked as an Asst. District Attorney in Lackawanna County and still holds several leadership roles in the Pennsylvania Bar Association and other community organizations.

“I have always considered the practice of law to be a calling for me and a way for me to serve others. Presiding as a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas presents yet another opportunity for me to use my proven, and time-tested legal skills, to serve a community that has historically placed its trust in me.” Dempsey added “I know that I will maintain independence and that I will apply the rule of law to the facts of the case in all matters.  I will also uphold decorum, effectively maintain judicial temperament, and just as important, I will be tough and tenacious when needed.”

Mary Walsh Dempsey resides in Scranton with her four children. She is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, The University of Scranton, and the Dickinson School of Law. 

She will run for the seat on the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas that will be vacated upon the impending retirement of Judge Thomas Munley. The Primary Election will be held May 18, 2021. 

Ware Running for Lackawanna County Judge

Magisterial District Judge Paul Ware, community leader, father, and experienced litigator, today announced he will run for a seat as judge on the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas in the May 2021 primary election.

Ware, currently serving his 10th year as Magisterial District Judge, has extensive experience in the law as former Lackawanna County Deputy District Attorney and is a practicing member of Minora, Krowiak & Munley Law Firm in Scranton, PA. He has spent many years working in the community as former instructor with the Lackawanna County Police Academy and Adjunct Professor of Constitutional & Business Law at Lackawanna College, past president of the Lackawanna County Columbus Day Association, former mock trial moderator at Holy Cross High School, current Mock-Trial Judge, and past treasurer of the Green Ridge Little League.

“I’m seeking this position because I am a citizen who cares deeply about the quality of life and the safety of our communities and families. I am committed to all of the residents who call Lackawanna County home.” Ware commented. “Anyone considering running for judge should have a deep understanding of the law and extensive experience in understanding how our county court system works. I believe I have both. I pledge to bring my integrity, professionalism, and competence to the court. I look forward to earning the support of voters in the upcoming months.”

Ware graduated West Scranton High School, earned his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton, and law degree from Widener School of Law. He currently resides in Dunmore. He has 4 grown children, daughter Kate resides in Annapolis, Maryland; daughter Maggie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; daughter Mary in Fort Polk, Louisiana; and son Michael in San Diego, California.

Paul Ware will utilize nearly a decade of judicial experience, integrity, unbiased decision-making, and leadership as Lackawanna County Judge. The seat will be vacant upon the retirement of Judge Thomas J. Munley. Primary Election Day is May 18, 2021. Ware’s campaign chairperson is Attorney Thomas W. Munley and his committee treasurer is Michael J. Mellody, CPA.

Note from Commissioners about Vaccine Appointments

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its grip on the United States and our community, it is vitally important that everyone protect themselves by getting vaccinated.  

Patience is a big part of the process.  Scheduling only one appointment at one location is also tantamount for medical professionals to vaccinate as many individuals as possible in a timely fashion.  

The Lackawanna County Commissioners, their Human Services Department and their Area Agency on Aging caution all residents from signing-up on multiple lists at multiple locations.  This is compounding the problem for vaccine providers as they move through their waiting lists, trying to serve as many people as possible.  Multiple sign-ups take away spots from other consumers.  

To that end, if you did sign-up at multiple locations, and got the vaccine, please make sure that you cancel the other appointments to free-up the time slots so more can be served.  

The best avenue for one to take is that if you are a patient or customer of any medical group, doctor, or pharmacy, add yourself to one of their lists.   

Streamlining the process to quickly serve a large number of people and help keep everyone healthy is the goal of the vaccination program.  Inundating the system does not allow the process to move forward.