Assistant district attorney Fordham to run for Cambria judge

EBENSBURG, Pa. – A longtime Cambria County assistant district attorney announced his candidacy as a Cambria County Court of Common Pleas judge.

Forrest Fordham has announced his candidacy for one of the two open seats on the Cambria County seat.

Fordham, a registered Republican is expected to cross file for the primary election.

The Richland Township attorney is a graduate of the State University of New York – Albany and Capital University Law School, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania and New York bars in 1993. Fordham was also admitted to the US District Court. for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

In 2002, Fordham was hired as an assistant district attorney, and in addition to his duties in the District Attorney’s Office, Fordham also serves as Deputy Attorney General and also maintains a general law practice in Richland Township.

Fordham has been a mock court counselor at Central Cambria High School in Ebensburg for more than 15 years and currently serves on the board of directors for the Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department.

“As a Cambria County assistant district attorney for more than 20 years, I have made strong criminal cases to protect local families and seniors,” Fordham said. “If elected to the seat, you can trust that I will always follow the law while handing down the toughest penalties for any criminal who comes into our district to rob local people. I will send a strong message that if you come to Cambria County to commit a crime, I will do everything in my power and within the law to make sure they do the time.

He also said that the continued security of the district will be given priority as a judge.

“I have worked closely with law enforcement to remove dangerous criminals from our streets, and I have fought to give criminals a stronger voice in their quest for justice. Protecting your constitutional rights and the safety of our communities will be my highest priorities as your judge,” Fordham said.

Fordham lives in Richland Township with his wife, Dr. Melissa Simasek-Fordham, who has three children.

Katie Smolen is a reporter with the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @KSmolen1230.

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