Attorney Ronald Amrhein announces his candidacy for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Mercer County. 

Amrhein was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, the Federal District Courts of Pennsylvania, and to the Mercer County Bar over 28 years ago.

He was admitted to practice before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 1993. Subsequently, he was admitted in Ohio and the Federal Court in the Northern District of Ohio. 

Retired President Judge Dobson strongly supports Amrhein’s candidacy because he believes he has, “The experience, intellect, work ethic, integrity and judgment necessary to be an excellent Judge.” 

Amrhein is also endorsed by retired Sheriff, Bill Romine and retired District Attorney, James Epstein. 

Amrhein said, “My experience and background will allow me to deliver fair, objective, and when necessary, tough justice for this County and be the most prepared, informed, and competent Judge possible. I am prepared, objective and experienced. I know the difference between someone who needs help, counseling and/or treatment, and someone who requires jail time.”

“The Courtroom is no place for on-the-job training.  Our Courts will have been short two full time Judges for two years when the newly elected Judges take the bench. Experience does count. No matter what type, the seriousness or complexity of the case, I am prepared to be a Common Pleas Judge on day one. There is almost no area of the law that a Common Pleas Judge confronts that I have not had experience with. I have practiced law for over 28 years. I have been Court appointed as a Civil Commitment Hearing Officer for over 24 years, and as the Special Master in custody/divorce proceedings for more than 6 years. As a Hearing Officer, and Master, I have the insight into what it takes to be fair and objective.” 

Amrhein is an attorney in the Sharon, PA office of Jones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace, LLP and an Assistant District Attorney.  Amrhein’s practice is in broad-based litigation, with extensive experience in criminal law, family law, corporate litigation, wills and estates, eminent domain, property line disputes, personal injury cases, liquor license law, representation of several Zoning Hearing Boards, of a local Township, oil and gas companies, non-profit corporations, and all other forms of litigation.

Amrhein was appointed by the current President Judge to serve on the Courthouse Security Committee. In addition, he is the current Vice Chair of the Governance Committee of the Mercer County Bar Association and has served the Association as a past member of the Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Scholarship Committee. 

Amrhein has been involved in community service since he was a teenager and is currently an officer in Sharpsville Service Club, on the Board of Directors of the United Way, an associate member of the Rose of Sharon and Farrell Fraternal Order of Police Lodges, Sharpsville V.F.W. Post 6404, Apollo Maennerchor Club, First Italian Social Club and the Stony Point Grange.

Amrhein is an avid hockey fan and lifelong player. He has been a USA Hockey Certified Coach, volunteering to coach both High School and Youth Hockey programs, since the mid-1990s.

Amrhein and his wife, Valerie (McDonald) Amrhein, of Greenville, an Occupational Therapist, live in Sharpsville with their son, Noah, a Junior at Sharpsville High School, and a Cadet of the Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department.