Donald Dull Jr. says he would take a hard line against violent offenders if he is elected district judge of Manchester Township.

The former Northern York County Regional Police officer said he would not set minimum bail for violent offenders.

All too often, Dull said, he's seen and heard of offenders being released on low bail and going out and committing other acts of violence.

He's hopeful higher bail amounts will curb that.

"It sends a message to those violators that this will not be tolerated by this court," he said.

Though Dull said he'd take a hard line on some offenders, he said he also would treat people fairly, just as he did as a police officer.

District court: Dull is running for the seat once held by Alan Naylor. Naylor retired in 2011, leaving the office vacant with senior judges filling in on the bench since then.

Dull was a police officer for 35 years before retiring in 2010.

As a police officer, Dull said he treated people fairly and will treat those who come before the bench in the same manor.

He is a Central York High School graduate and graduated from York College with a degree in criminal justice. He also attended seminars at Northwestern University and the University of North Florida for advanced crash investigation, going on to become the department's lead crash investigator for several years.

Dull spent 15 years volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the Alert Fire Co. and went on to be its president for three years. He is also a life member of the York County FOP Lodge No. 73 and is a member of the White Rose Masonic Lodge No. 706.

Dull lives in Manchester Township with his wife, Teresa, and has four adult children.

He is crossfiled as a Democrat and a Republican, meaning members of both parties can vote for him in the primary.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggros s@yorkdispatch.com.