Lewistown Sentinel: From MVP To Candidate

* “People want to know why I am running. People know me from the Steelers and Super Bowl XIV,” Woodruff said, referencing the 1980 win when he was still a rookie. He said his time with the Steelers is what the majority of Pennsylvanians remember when they hear his name. What few may realize is that during his time with the team, he was going to law school at night. He received his law degree in 1988. “I was not just in the NFL,” Woodruff said, “I was studying to be a practicing attorney. I understand what hard work is.” 

* Also present at the gathering was Superior Court Judge Candidate and Democrat Debbie Kunselman of Beaver County. She and Woodruff attended “baby judge school” together, he noted. She is the first woman elected to the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas.


Lewistown Sentinel: From MVP to candidate

By Tabitha Goodling

PORT ROYAL – A former Steelers star is making his way across the state so he can sit on the Supreme Court bench.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and the team’s 1982 MVP, Dwayne Woodruff, made his way onto the lawn of the Baker’s Acres Farmstead in Port Royal before a crowd of Juniata County voters to express his desire to be the next Supreme Court Judge in Pennsylvania.

Woodruff is running as a Democrat.

“People want to know why I am running. People know me from the Steelers and Super Bowl XIV,” Woodruff said, referencing the 1980 win when he was still a rookie.

He said his time with the Steelers is what the majority of Pennsylvanians remember when they hear his name. What few may realize is that during his time with the team, he was going to law school at night. He received his law degree in 1988.

“I was not just in the NFL,” Woodruff said, “I was studying to be a practicing attorney. I understand what hard work is.”

Prior to his NFL career he was raised in a home where his father was a First Sergeant in the Army. Woodruff told the crowd how as an only child he spent his childhood learning how to work hard. This included baling hay in the summer heat each summer.

Woodruff later founded his own firm, Woodruff and Flaherty, P.C. In 2005 he ran for judgeship on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. He won that election and was given the option of choosing which court over which he would preside.

“I chose family court,” he said, despite the nudging of other judges to pursue a different path. Family court is where he has remained ever since.

Woodruff expressed his passion for helping children, especially those who make mistakes and need guided in the right direction. He said it is important children learn from their mistakes.

“I want to be part of choosing to make great decisions.”

Woodruff was Vice-Chair of the PA Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, a member of the PA Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, served as chairman of Pittsburgh Interbranch Commission of Juvenile Justice and was one of four judges in the state to be appointed by the state Supreme Court to that position.

He also expressed the need for judges to understand their communities, noting he serves on the board of his local United Way and is chairman of his local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Sunday evening’s event was hosted at the home of Dr. MeeCee Baker who said she first heard Woodruff speak at the Farm Show earlier this year.

Prior to Woodruff speaking to the crowd, Baker noted she wanted to endorse a candidate every year that she believed was a positive choice for our state. She also noted the importance of voting in every election as a “super voter,” and not only the presidential elections.

“I decided to pick a candidate I wanted to fight for,” she said, and Woodruff is the candidate she chose for this election.

Woodruff later said he is making the effort to visit every if not “almost every county” in Pennsylvania before the election November 7.

Also present at the gathering was Superior Court Judge Candidate and Democrat Debbie Kunselman of Beaver County. She and Woodruff attended “baby judge school” together, he noted.

She is the first woman elected to the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas.

More information on either candidate: www.woodruff2017.org

https://deborahkunselman.com

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