Plum to seek third term

Plum to seek
MDJ David L. Plum

Local Magisterial District Judge Dave Plum will seek his third term this year.

Plum announced this week that he is running for re-election to his seat in District Court 39-3-03, encompassing Hamilton, Letterkenny, Lurgan, and Fannett Townships.

In 2008, Plum completed the state certification required by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts making him eligible to take office immediately upon election in 2010. He is completing his second six-year term this year.

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Judge Plum is the issuing authority for criminal cases, sets bail and holds arraignments. He also resolves traffic matters, petty criminal offenses, landlord/tenant cases and civil suits up to $12,000.

Plum’s extensive courtroom experience includes presiding over 37,000 cases. In addition to his certification, he has completed more than 420 hours of continuing education.

“I pride myself in devoting full-time attention and dedication to the job,” he said. “I will continue to base my service to the community on fairness, trust, ethics, hard work, and most importantly, common sense. These standards are what the position requires and what the community deserves of their Magisterial District Judge.”

Local roots

A native of Hamilton Township, he is the son of Shirley Parson Plum and the late, Clarence Plum. Plum graduated from CASHS in 1983. He served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years providing communication support to the U.S. Navy SEALs. He values the Honorable Discharge awarded him upon completion of his service to our country.

He credits the work ethic and responsibility he learned in the Navy, then reinforced throughout life, with his ability to successfully carry out his duty as a district judge.

“(They) have become hallmarks of my personality,” he said.

Dave and his wife Jenny reside in Hamilton Township in the home they built themselves. Together they raised four children; and have been blessed with three grandchildren, Lakyn, Harper, and Gabriel.

The Plums own a local storage facility. They are members of Grand Point Church, Chambersburg. Dave is involved in the community and a member of the Noontime Lions.

“During the last 12 years, I have demonstrated the ability to interact and communicate with the community, providing a fair and efficient outcome of the matters brought before me,” Plum said. “My office records and audits reflect the cost efficient and detailed practices required to manage this court. I have been humbled over the years by the support and encouragement I’ve received while serving as your Magisterial District Judge. I ask for your continued support and vote on May 18th.”

Plum will be on both the Republican and Democratic ballots in the May 18, 2021 Primary Election.


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