CLEARFIELD – John A. Sobel announces his candidacy for Clearfield County Commissioner in the May 2007 Republican primary.
Sobel is a lifelong resident of Clearfield, where he has been a partner in the law firm of Sobel and Collins since 1983.
He is a 1971 graduate of Clearfield Area High School, a 1975 graduate of Vanderbilt University and a 1979 graduate of the Dickinson Law School.
Sobel currently serves on the Clearfield Area School Board, the Clearfield YMCA board of directors and the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter of the American Red Cross.
During his career, he has held the positions of chief public defender for Clearfield County, solicitor for Clearfield County Children, Youth and Family Services and solicitor for the register and recorder’s office. Sobel also served as guardian ad litem, protecting the rights of children subject to the supervision of the Clearfield County Court.
Sobel has served many of Clearfield County’s municipalities. He is currently the solicitor for Graham, Covington and Girard townships as well as Chester Hill Borough. He has also represented Burnside Borough, Osceola Mills Borough and Morris Township.
As a father and a small business owner, Sobel said he understands the importance of creating and maintaining family-sustaining jobs in Clearfield County. If elected, this will be his foremost priority as Clearfield County Commissioner.
However, he said he also realizes the necessity of making sure that Clearfield County government provides all necessary services to the citizens of Clearfield County. Sobel will bring an intimate knowledge of many aspects of Clearfield County government to the position of commissioner because of his work experience.
Finally, Sobel said he also understands the difficulties for many small communities in Clearfield County due to rising costs and limited income. If elected, he will work diligently to help our local municipalities.
Sobel makes his home in Clearfield with his daughter, Johnna.
An avid Civil War re-enactor, he has been an extra in the movies “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals.”