Wilson Lawyer Running For District Judge
Richard Yetter is seeking Michael Koury's old seat
Editor's note: For the last year or so, the district judge's seat once held by Michael Koury has been vacant. Koury was elected to the Northampton County bench in 2009, and his old DJ seat has been empty ever since, with a rotating line-up of senior judges filling in on a month-to-month basis.
This year, voters in that district -- which includes most of Easton's West Ward and the boroughs of Wilson and West Easton -- will choose a new, full-time district judge. We're offering all the candidates for this seat a chance to talk to us. First up is Richard Yetter, an attorney who lives in Wilson and has a practice in Bethlehem Township.
Richard Yetter announced his candidacy for district judge last week, but it's been on his mind since 2003.
That was the first year Michael Koury ran for a position on the Northampton County bench. When Koury announced his plans, Yetter considered running for his seat...for a time.
"I thought about it. I realized I wasn't ready," Yetter said.
But that was more than seven years ago, and now, Yetter says he is ready.
He says the years since have taught him a lot, as he's handled criminal and cases, custody cases, wills and collections. In short, a lot of the things that would come before a district judge.
"For example, collections. I've been on both sides of the table," Yetter said.
He says he also has some judicial experience, having chaired on a county bar association arbitration panel.
Although he stressed his experience as an attorney, Yetter said he doesn't want to denigrate district judges who aren't lawyers.
"There's good non-attorney district judges," he said. "There's very good ones. I don't even think of that when I go into their courtrooms."
Yetter, a 2000 graduate of the Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, is married, with one son and another child on the way. He lives on Butler Street on the house where he grew up, and says that becoming district judge would give him more time with his children, rather than just seeing them in the mornings and evenings.
"I've seen the future, and I don't want to be that dad," he said.
Yetter is a Democrat, but says he plans to cross-file on both ballots. The primary election will be held this year on May 17.