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Dear Editor:

I have practiced law on four continents, in state and federal courts, and have litigated in 26 Pennsylvania counties. In all of those experiences, I have never met anyone who impressed me more than Matt Smith.

He has argued in front of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court twice and conducted more than 640 trials of all types — jury, non-jury, civil and criminal. It’s worth noting that, over the last 5 years, 83% of trials conducted in Cumberland County were criminal jury trials.

Regarding civil law, Matt’s record is extraordinary. In private practice, Matt has worked for two law firms in Cumberland County. He has also conducted civil trials and has protected servicemembers’ homes and jobs, pursuant to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act. 

When we deployed to Iraq as part of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team in 2009, Matt was well-accustomed to going outside the wire as battlefield circulation was essential in providing practical legal advice. He served with distinction and received the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

When duty called again in 2018, Matt answered the call. We deployed to the Middle East for 11 months, as “Task Force Spartan.” We supported “Operation Spartan Shield” (Arabian Peninsula), “Operation Inherent Resolve” (Syria), and “Operation Freedom’s Sentinel” (Afghanistan). Together, we were responsible for 50 legal personnel in 8 locations, on 5 base camps, in 4 countries, and supported Task Force soldiers in 13 countries.

When lives are on the line, Matt’s judgment, character, and courage are relied upon without fail. These attributes are essential in a judge. Matt has been battle tested.

I have known Matt for over a decade and as his former boss in Iraq, I am honored to support his candidacy for Cumberland County Common Pleas Judge.

Robert G. Cameron

Silver Spring Twp.

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