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Merkel Launches Campaign for Venango County Judge


Franklin, PA – Franklin attorney Greg Merkel announced today that he is running for Venango County Court of Common Pleas judge to fill one of the two seats left open by the retirements of Judge Robert L. Boyer and President Judge Oliver J. Lobaugh.

“I am excited for this new opportunity to be of service to the residents of Venango County,” said Merkel, “If elected, I pledge to work hard every day to ensure that Venango County is safe, that its residents enjoy a high quality of life and that the most vulnerable among us, including our children, are protected.”

Over the past decade in Venango County, Merkel has established himself as a trusted, well-respected leader in a number of community service organizations, including Venango Region Catholic School, Venango Area Chamber of Commerce and Family Service and Children’s Aid Society.

Notably, Merkel played a critical role in keeping Venango Catholic High School open after the Bishop of Erie announced plans to close the school in 2016.

Merkel also helped to spearhead the creation of Venango Region Catholic School and was selected as the FLEX Young Professional of the Year in 2016.

Merkel has built a reputation for professionalism, integrity and efficiency amongst his legal clients, which include a number of local businesses and municipalities, as well as individuals.

Merkel began practicing law with his father-in-law, Bob McFate, at McFate & Merkel in Seneca, and later became a partner at the Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm in Franklin, where he currently practices. He is married to the former Sarah McFate of Oil City, and they reside in Franklin with their three children.

Merkel also serves on the boards of the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Franklin Moving Forward and the Applefest Core Committee.

He is a member of St. Patrick Parish, where he serves on the finance committee. He also belongs to Petrolia Lodge 363 and the Franklin Elks.

More information about Merkel’s campaign can be found on his campaign website and on Facebook.


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