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Kirk Sohonage on Monday announced his candidacy for one of the two judgeships on the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas.

Sohonage was nominated by state Sen. Mike Regan to the governor’s office for appointment to fill the judicial vacancy created when former Judge M.L. “Skip” Ebert was appointed district attorney.

As an assistant district attorney, Sohonage tried numerous cases to verdict, including homicides, rapes, arsons, drug offenses and other felonies. He also served as lead domestic violence and juvenile prosecutor.

Sohonage has more than 18 combined years serving as solicitor to Cumberland County’s Orphans’ Court and prothonotary.

A private attorney, Sohonage has experience in Orphans’ Court and health care litigation representing businesses and individuals. He has handled cases in more than 75 percent of the judicial districts in Pennsylvania, and overseen litigation in nearly half of the states.

Sohonage said he is running because he wants to continue to give back to the community and serve the public, and that he believes he possesses the temperament and experience to be a tough, even-handed judge who will be a strong voice for the families of Cumberland County.

A longtime resident of Cumberland County, Sohonage is the president and owner of SOHO Legal Services and is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, and of the University of Denver, College of Law.

Sohonage is serving his 11th year as chairman of the Camp Hill Zoning Hearing Board, is president of the Camp Hill Athletic Booster Club and has served on the Cumberland County Crime Stoppers, Knights of Columbus and Rotary.

Sohonage has been married to his wife, Christian, for 21 years and they reside in Camp Hill with their three daughters.

Sohonage is a Republican, but will seek both the Republican and Democratic nominations in the May 21 primary.

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