2 seek election as Kane District Court judge

Dave Engman of Kane won the Democratic and Republican nomination for Kane District Court judge in the May primary and is the only candidate lisedt on the ballot for the election next Tuesday.However, Kane Borough Police Chief Brian Hillard recently announced that he is challenging Engman as a write-in candidate.The two candidates are seeking the position formerly held by Michael Kennedy, who retired for health reasons last year and died earlier this month. Michael Fedora has been serving as acting district judge for more than a year.The Kane District Court serves Kane, Mt. Jewett and Hamlin, Wetmore and Hamilton townships. Engman and his wife, the former Cammy Bloomquist, reside in Kane with their two children-- Ryan and Kaylin. The Engman family belongs to the Emmanuel Mission Church in Kane. Engman is a member of the local Masonic and Elks Lodges and has coached in the Kane Area T-Ball league. For the past several years, Engman has been instrumental in the success of the National Rifle Association's "Eddie Eagle" program, teaching children about the importance of gun safety.A veteran of the U.S. Marines, Engman is a lifetime resident of the Kane area. He is the son of Ray and the late Mabel Engman of East Kane where he was raised, along with his brother Mike and sister Rae Nelson.His father, who resides in Kane, is retired from UPS. His mother worked many years at the former Quality Market in Kane. While a teenager, Engman worked in a local sawmill. After graduating from Kane Area High School in 1989, he enlisted in the military, serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including one year in Okinawa, Japan. While in the Marine Corps, Engman received training as a machinist. He was assigned to the Headquarters Battalion in a support role for the tank companies and was responsible for all operations of the machine shop. He also was stationed at Quantico, Va. where he was in charge of the base machine shop. Upon completion of his military service, Engman received an honorable discharge, two meritorious masts and a letter of appreciation for his performance in the Marine Corps.After his discharge from the Marines, Engman returned to Kane and worked in a local machine shop for two years before going into business with a partner, opening Allegheny Machining in East Kane. During this time, he also was employed full-time as a skidder operator in the local logging industry. Engman sold his half of the business to his partner after gaining employment with the McKean County Sheriff’s Department as a correctional officer.See full article by purchasing the Oct. 3 edition of The Kane Republican.