A York City attorney said her five years working in the York County District Attorney's Office gave her the experience needed to serve as judge for the city's district 19-1-05.

"I believe my life experience and my background makes me the most qualified," said Kathy Doucette, 53.

But being a lawyer wasn't always Doucette's profession.

For years, the South George Street resident worked as a machine operator at a printing business, rising to supervisor before she went back to college in 1996.

While taking classes at York College, Doucette was an intern for York County Common Pleas Judge John S. Kennedy and found a love for the law.


After graduating from York College with a degree in political science in 1999, she attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan, graduating in 2002.

Experience: Doucette went on to try more than 60 trials as a prosecutor, gaining invaluable experience in the process. She also tried cases in the state's appellate court, Supreme Court and Superior Court.

"I was in the courtroom all the time," she said. "You become quite familiar with the rules of evidence."

She added, "Working in the prosecution office gives you a good look into what to expect if you become a judge."

Working in the office also allowed her to work with victims in an effort to seek justice.

After she left the district attorney's office, Doucette went on to work for MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit organization that provides legal services to people with low income. Though she quit her job there to run for district judge, she said she does pro bono work for MidPenn.

Doucette has lived in York for 27 years, giving her time to know the community and those who live in it, something she said comes in handy as a district judge.

Organizations: Doucette is a member of the Woman's Club of York, Elks Lodge No. 213 in York City and the Pennsylvania and York County bar associations and is a past president of the Yorktown Guild of Craftsmen and a past governor of the now defunct Lafayette Club.

She is the only candidate of the three seeking the bench to be endorsed by the York City chapter of Fraternal Order of Police.

Doucette is cross-filed as a Democrat and Republican. Also running for the judgeship are Democrats Tom Harteis and Joel Toluba.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.