Bios of the candidates for two judicial seats in Washington County

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MICHAEL J. LUCAS

AGE: 45

PARTY OF REGISTRATION: Democrat

HOMETOWN: Carroll

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Washington & Jefferson College; law degree, Duquesne University

EXPERIENCE: 20 years of trial court experience; Washington County's first assistant district attorney; 2011 Washington County Bar Association Excellence in Professionalism awardee

PERSONAL: Wife, Anna; children, Emma, 15, Sarah, 14, and Maggie, 12

WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/lucasforjudge and www.lucasforjudge.com

VALARIE COSTANZO

AGE: 43

PARTY OF REGISTRATION: Democrat

HOMETOWN: Cecil

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, University of Pittsburgh; law degree, Pitt

EXPERIENCE: 14 years as magisterial district judge adjudicating more than 50,000 cases; former assistant district attorney; lawyer with civil and criminal law experience

PERSONAL: Lifelong resident of Washington County; sons, Ryan, 11, and Justin, 8

WEBSITE: www.JudgeCostanzo.com

LANE M. TURTURICE

AGE: 40

PARTY OF REGISTRATION: Republican

HOMETOWN: South Strabane

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Washington & Jefferson College; law degree, University of Pittsburgh

EXPERIENCE: Experience in every area that encompasses the general practice of law; assistant district attorney for Washington County; assistant Washington County solicitor; in 2004, founded law firm of Berggren & Turturice LLC, with his law partner, Timothy R. Berggren, which has more than 12 municipal solicitorships

PERSONAL: Wife, Janine; four children

BLANE A. BLACK

AGE: 57

PARTY OF REGISTRATION: Democrat

HOMETOWN: South Strabane

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, University of Pittsburgh; law degree, Pitt

EXPERIENCE: Law office in Monongahela; 32 years private practice with civil, family, criminal background; former support hearing officer and court-appointed civil mediator; president of Washington County Bar Association

PERSONAL: Wife, Kim; four grown children

WEBSITE: Facebook page "Blane Black for Judge"

CHARLES E. KUROWSKI

AGE: 60

PARTY OF REGISTRATION: Democrat

HOMETOWN: Canton

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Geneva College; master's degree, Duquesne University; law degree, Duquesne

EXPERIENCE: More than three decades as a trial attorney, having tried thousands of criminal, civil and family cases before every level of the judicial system

PERSONAL: Wife, Sherry

WEBSITE: www.kurowskiforjudge.com

ALAN BENYAK

AGE: 49

PARTY OF REGISTRATION: Democrat

HOMETOWN: Carroll

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Waynesburg College; law degree, Capital University Law School; Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army

EXPERIENCE: Former Army major; Judge Advocate General's Corps; former special assistant United States attorney; attorney in private practice

PERSONAL: Single

WEBSITE: www.benyakforjudge.com

PETER V. MARCOLINE III

AGE: 36

PARTY OF REGISTRATION: Democrat

HOMETOWN: South Strabane

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Washington & Jefferson College; law degree, Penn State University; studied international law and global intellectual property law, University of Florence, Italy

EXPERIENCE: More than 100 cases per year in Common Pleas Court , encompassing various areas of the law

PERSONAL: Wife, Karen; two sons

WEBSITE: www.petermarcolineforjudge.com

THOMAS FALLERT

AGE: 55

PARTY OF REGISTRATION: Democrat

HOMETOWN: Peters

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Washington & Jefferson College; law degree, University of Pittsburgh

EXPERIENCE: 30 years as a trial attorney; principal partner in law firm Thomas M. Fallert LLC; have practiced in 21 Pennsylvania counties

PERSONAL: Four grown children

WEBSITE: www.fallertforjudge.com

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