York County solicitor Michael Flannelly announced his bid Wednesday for one of the two open seats on the York County Court of Common Pleas in next year's primary.

Flannelly, 52, has practiced law in York County for the past 25 years and has served as a full-time county solicitor since 2004.

"I think it is an extension of my desire to stay in public service," Flannelly said. "Being a judge, I think, is the highest form of public service.

"I've been in practice for 25 years, all of that involved in litigation, mainly civil litigation. So I have that experience."

Flannelly ran unsuccessfully for the local bench in 2003. In the York County Bar Poll, offered to the public as a measuring stick of that election's 10 judicial candidates, Flannelly ranked second only to Joseph C. Adams, who was elected judge, in the category of "highly qualified."

"I'm assuming I'm the same guy I was . . . when they gave me that rating," Flannelly said.

As solicitor, Flannelly represents the county, row officers, appointed officials and county employees in civil suits brought against them.

According to his press release, he has lectured on various areas of civil law before the state bar institute, the National Business Institute and Lorman Educational Services, which provides experts for seminars.

Flannelly resides in Spring Garden Township with his wife, Peggy, an elementary school guidance counselor for York Suburban School District. They have two children, David and Erin.

CANDIDATES

Two seats on the York County Court of Common Pleas bench will be open and on the ballot next year. One seat is an expansion of the bench granted by the state, and the other will be vacated by retiring Judge John C. Uhler.

Candidates, so far, who have announced an intention to run for the open seats:

  • Michael Flannelly, county solicitor

  • Harry M. Ness, a family law and criminal trial attorney

  • Andrea Marceca Strong, an adoption and family law attorney