Jennifer Johnston Rega, of Blairsville, has announcing she is running for re-election to a fourth term as magisterial district judge for District 40-3-03 on both the Republican and the Democratic tickets in the May primary election.

District 40-3-03 serves the boroughs of Armagh, Blairsville and Saltsburg and the townships of Blacklick, Burrell, Conemaugh, East Wheatfield, West Wheatfield and Young.

Rega was first elected in 2001 and took office in January 2002. She is also a licensed Pennsylvania attorney, but has not practiced since taking office and instead devotes all her time to the position of magisterial district judge.

Rega also teaches for the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission through the Criminal Justice Training Center at IUP. She serves as vice president on the board of directors for Aging Services Inc., and has been a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board since its inception in Indiana County.

Rega and her three children are members of Amplify Church with one of three campuses located in Indiana. She and her children have volunteered at Amplify for many years. Rega said she is also proud to have co-coached the Blairsville spirit squad and elementary cheerleaders for the past three years.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and from the Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University in the top 25 percent of her class. While attending law school, Rega was published in, and served as an associate editor of, the Dickinson Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.

Following law school, Rega was a judicial law clerk for the Court of Common Pleas of Indiana County and then practiced with the law firm of Simpson, Kablack and Bell until she was elected as magisterial district judge.

Rega’s philosophy on the role of a judge has remained the same since she first took office 17 years ago: “With every case and person that comes before me I use my knowledge of the law and the legal system, combined with common sense and compassion, to decide each case fairly and with everyone’s best interests in mind. It is not my job to judge people’s character, but it is my job to make decisions that will deter future criminal or irresponsible behavior,” she said in a news release.

“Should I be fortunate enough to be re-elected for a fourth term, I intend to continue serving the public in that manner,” she said.

Angelina “Angel” Ashbaugh announced her candidacy for the position earlier this month.