Amy Altman McChesney announced bid for Derry Township district judge


Amy Altman McChesney has announced her candidacy to succeed retiring Mark Bilik as district judge in Derry Township.

McChesney, 42, of Derry Township has previously held positions in the Westmoreland County Clerk of Courts office as well as a district judge’s office.

She said she “intends to bring a common sense approach to the common man’s court.”

McChesney, a registered Republican, will seek both the Democratic and Republican nominations in the May primary. The open seat oversees court cases in Derry borough and township, and New Alexandria.

“I am experienced, knowledgeable and familiar with criminal and civil procedures and protocol in the magisterial court as well as the Court of Common Pleas,” she said.

A 1996 Derry Area graduate, McChesney continued her education at St. Vincent College where she studied psychology and general administration of justice.

She is a life-long and active member of her community, having served as a board or committee member, officer and/or leader of Derry Township Agricultural Fair, Boy Scout Troop 345 based in New Alexandria, as well as the New Alexandria Home Economics and Westmoreland Squares 4-H clubs.

She has held an assortment of positions with the Derry Township Fair and managed or assisted in managing the junior livestock sale for Derry Township Agricultural Fair.

McChesney’s support and leadership roles in the community have provided her an opportunity to advocate, promote and support the Derry Township community at state level events in Harrisburg.

She is married with five children.

Her husband honorably retired from the Pennsylvania State Police.

She and her husband help run a multigenerational farm that has been in the family since 1836.

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