More than 250 people from across the Mountain Top community attended the Meet and Greet for John Augustine for Magisterial District Judge on Wednesday, February 15th, held at the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department Hall. Attendees enjoyed food and refreshments from area restaurants. A bounce house, magician, DJ and face painting were some of the many activities available for kids.
Former Wright Township Supervisor Dan Frascella spoke about John’s commitment to the community. “John has always put the Mountain Top community first. Whether it was working with elected officials to create hundreds of jobs in the Crestwood Industrial Park –which helped keep taxes low for area residents -to participating and donating his time and talents to numerous community and civic groups.” Next, son Jack Augustine, 10, introduced his father to the many friends, family and supporters in the audience.
John welcomed and thanked the large crowd for coming out on a Wednesday night to support his candidacy. He explained that he is one of the only candidates that is certified and qualified by the Administrative Office of PA Courts, the Minor Judiciary Board and the PA Constitution to become the next Magisterial District Judge, for the greater Mountain Top Community.
He said that he is running as the Community Candidate, as this
position was created for the common person or “justice of the peace” to deal with neighborhood and community issues. Historically, this important community responsibility was served by someone who was not biased based on past experiences. He pointed out that he is not a lawyer, or a police officer but promised that he would be someone, “who would be fair, impartial, neutral and reasonable to all -while also keeping the community’s best interests at heart.”
John pledged that he will do his best to, “be a proactive Judge and continue to make Mountain Top a great place, to live, work, play and raise a family,” as he has always wanted to serve the public and give back to his community and has spent his personal and professional life doing so.
John is an active member of St. Jude’s Church and a strong supporter of many local causes and charities and a loyal contributor to the area’s first responders. He sits on the Board of Directors for the PA State Police / Troop “P” Wyoming Camp Cadet program. He started the Rice Township Neighborhood Community Watch and organized and chaired the “Mountain Top Crime, Safety and Community” panel discussion, which attracted nearly 300 residents.
He is an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a Son of the American Legion, a member of Kiwanis, Mountain Top on the Move, Kirby Library Board of Directors, Mountain Top Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors and youth sports coach.