Beaver County Courthouse / photo by John Paul

Attorney William M. Braslawsce submitted the following open letter to the Beaver Countian for publication, announcing his run for Beaver County Common Pleas Judge. Attorney Braslawsce’s letter is being published here in full as written by the candidate.

Today I am formally announcing my candidacy for Beaver County Court of Common Pleas Judge. I have been a practicing attorney in Beaver County for 23 plus years. I am asking the taxpayers and voters of Beaver County to consider my qualifications, education and experience, to serve them as their next Common Pleas Court Judge.

Attorney Bill Braslawsce / submitted
After graduating from Kent State University in 1987, I had planned on attending law school, but was delayed due to an anticipated active duty stint in the United States Army. As that active duty service was rescheduled, I became employed as an ironworker. After an accident at a construction site, I was injured and decided to begin law school. Part way through law school, I received orders to report for active duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon completion of my tour I returned to law school, only to be reactivated during the first Gulf War. I subsequently graduated Law School in 1992 earning a Juris Doctorate in Law and in 1993, passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam.

I am currently a member of the Beaver County Bar Association, having been a member since I began my practice of law in Beaver County; previously serving on the charter board of the Beaver County Bar Association’s Charitable Gifting Committee. I am certified to appear in any Court in Pennsylvania and have handled cases in seven different western Pennsylvania Counties and in one Ohio court under Pro Hac Vice status. Over the course of my career I have had a diverse private practice ranging from civil litigation, criminal defense, and personal injury, to Social Security Claims, family law, in addition to Wills and Estates. I have also had numerous trials in Beaver County before the Court of Common Pleas both civil and criminal.

One of the most rewarding areas of my practice is representing the mental health consumers of Beaver County. I was appointed by the Court to this position and, over the course of five plus years, have advocated for these cases, protecting the rights of thousands of citizens. I’m glad to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in these individuals’ lives.

Another area of my practice that I am very proud of is being a charter board and current member of the Beaver County Veteran’s Court Board. I served in the United States Army Reserves for 11 ½ years, having attained the rank of Captain. My assignments included being a Field Artillery Officer, an Advisor to a 3 Star General, and a Chemical Lanes Training Officer. The Veteran’s Court program provides resources to our service men and women, who have protected our freedom, empowering them to become productive citizens.

I am currently on the board of directors and the solicitor for the Beaver County NAACP, a member of the executive board of the Beaver County Drug and Alcohol Services, and member and solicitor of ABATE of Beaver County. I am also a member of Wellsville F&AM #180, Scottish Right 32 Degree of Steubenville and the Al Koran Shriners. I furthermore serve as a Beaver Area School District Mock Trial Sponsoring Lawyer and Coach, helping students experience and understand the Beaver County court system.

My previous experiences include 15 plus years on the board for Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County, Sunday School Director, teacher and member of the Board of Directors for Beth Samuel Jewish Center, member of Midland’s Local Law Enforcement Police Block Grant Board, and 5-year Team Sponsor for Beaver Area Youth Baseball.

As your Judge, I will be fair and just, I will have judicial temperament to all those who come before me, and I will utilize my experiences to assist in resolving cases. I have been a resident of Beaver County since 1994. One of the most fulfilling jobs I have is being a father of two sons, both now young adults. I believe in being a positive role model and cultivating an environment that promotes hard work, community involvement, and giving back to others. This is the kind of environment I want to bring to the Bench and to the citizens of Beaver County.

One of the few ways to serve your country and community, outside of military service and jury duty, is to exercise your right to vote. Through your service, you can assist me in serving our community and help support the culture of hard work and giving back that I will bring with me to the office.

Thank You,
William M. Braslawsce, Esq.
“Attorney Bill”


  1. I don’t know who I’m voting for yet because I don’t know everyone that’s running but thank you for stepping forward Mr. Braslawsce. Beaver County needs more people to get involved to end all this corruption.

  2. Amazing how all these same fucking names keep getting recycled and pop up.. Look at who the police officers were in particular …

    An excerpt below…

    Plaintiffs are the sole proprietors of Kitchen Outlet. Complaint ¶ 8. On December 17, 2003 Plaintiffs contracted with Defendants William and Kristina Braslawsce (“Defendants Braslawsces”) to remodel their kitchen. Complaint ¶ 21. On April 9, 2004, Kristina Braslawsce spoke with Dennis McKeown about aesthetic problems with the counter tops, cabinet doors, and drawers. Complaint ¶ 26. Plaintiffs conducted several walkthroughs of the Braslawsces’ kitchen with the Braslawsces and allegedly gave assurances that the manufacturers would take care of the defects at the completion of the project. Complaint ¶¶ 27-38. Disagreements continued between Plaintiffs and Defendants Braslawsces and finally Plaintiffs removed certain items from the Braslawsces’ kitchen while Kristina Braslawsce was at home, including those items that allegedly were yet to be paid for by the Braslawsces. Complaint ¶¶ 53-54.
    On May 4, 2004, Plaintiffs allegedly contacted Defendant Chief Hovanec “to advise him of the removal of these items” from the Braslawsces’ kitchen and provided “contact information incase [Chief Hovanec] had questions.” Complaint ¶ 58. Subsequently, Dennis McKeown met with the Braslawsces and their attorney to discuss issues with the project and with funding. Complaint ¶¶ 60-62. On August 25, 2004, Plaintiffs were arrested at their home by Officer Wijnen-Riems on charges of burglary, criminal solicitation, theft, deceptive business practice, and other related charges, and according to the Complaint, they were “handcuffed and led away in front of their children.” Complaint ¶ 67. Plaintiffs claim that the arrests were initiated as a
    Case 2:07-cv-00732-RCM Document 17 Filed 07/27/07 Page 3 of 7
    result of material misrepresentations made by Mr. Braslawsce to the police department and “the failure of the police department to adequately investigate the matter.” Complaint ¶ 70. All charges against Plaintiffs were withdrawn by the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office on December 3, 2004. Complaint ¶ 74. On February 11, 2004, Plaintiffs’ records were expunged. Complaint ¶ 75.

    • This paragraph keeps bothering me about this Braslawsce guy.

      “Plaintiffs claim that the arrests were initiated as a
      result of material misrepresentations made by Mr. Braslawsce to the police department and “the failure of the police department to adequately investigate the matter.” Complaint ¶ 70. All charges against Plaintiffs were withdrawn by the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office on December 3, 2004. Complaint ¶ 74. On February 11, 2004, Plaintiffs’ records were expunged. Complaint ¶ 75.”

  3. I have met Mr. Braslawsce and I find him to be an intelligent person. He has been fair and unbiased in his profession and treats people with respect. I think he would be an excellent choice for judge.

  4. I have had a couple dealings with Mr. Braslawsce in the past. He is very sincere and honest. From reading his letter he appears to be knowledgeable in many areas that I was completely unaware of. Definitely a family oriented man who is active in his religion. And always a plus for me, someone that has military experience. If you have never had the pleasure of meeting him, and you see him in public, walk up introduce yourself and speak to the man face to face. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

  5. The usual suspects. Beaver is going to rue the day that they didn’t fire that asshole dog handler and his useless accomplice in obstruction of justice and failure to properly perform the duties of their sworn oaths. What a criminal operation Beaver County is. RICO cases through out if we ever had a DA with balls to convene a grand jury. We’ll have to build a new jail just for corrupt politicians and cops

    • We could avoid building a new jail by just locking the door to the courthouse and keeping them in the building. Unfortunately, Tony Guy is too busy pretending that he’s running a county police department to do the actual duties of the sheriff’s department like making sure the door stays locked when it’s supposed to be.

  6. I have three questions, Mr. Braslawsce:

    1). Did you pass the bar exam on your first attempt?

    2). It is my understanding that there was a unanimous board recommendation for Mr. Randy Tallon to serve on the BC Drug and Alcohol Services board. Can you please explain your rationale and reasoning for supporting this recommendation?

    3). Since 1993 in how many lawsuits have you been the named plaintiff?

  7. Mr. Braslawsce’s resume’ shows he’s a well-rounded, well-educated family man and coach, who appears to be a positive member of society. He has faithfully served on many boards of… wait a minute…

    YOU are “a member of the executive board of the Beaver County Drug and Alcohol Services”? YOU are a member of the Board that recommended that ASSHAT Randy Tallon be admitted to the same Board? How about writing an explanatory addendum to YOUR introductory letter telling us why YOU think one of George David’s lapdogs is qualified for ANYTHING.

    Nothing personal, but until I read your explanation I’m biding my time and will VOTE FOR GERALD BENYO FOR BEAVER COUNTY COURT COMMON PLEAS JUDGE… or BEAVER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY.. whichever he picks.

  8. History Lessen. First I wish Attorney William M. Braslawsce luck in his bid. Why, well because Bill is one of the most passionate person I know. Now a stroll back in history. Back in 2005 Attorney William M. Braslawsce ran for a Magisterial District Judge seat in Brighton Township. The problem was, Bill ran against the establishment. Bill ran against the “established’ Entrenched Beaver County democratic machine. (Election is all relative – Family members of officials seek own positions)
    At this time the “good old boys” ran a candidate named Robert Stewart. Stewart is the son in law of then powerful county Commissioners Chairman Dan Donatella. Braslawsce beat the establishment candidate which, as you can imagine, pissed in the Wheaties of powerful pride. Braslawsce had to endure the crap that comes with beating the establishment. I mean how dare him. Braslawsce came into the courthouse everyday after and did his job. I remember Braslawsce parking his old pick-up truck across the street from the courthouse everyday with his

    Braslawsce for Magisterial District Judge sign in the truck bed. The damn thing was parked right across the street from the first floor office window of Dan

    In the 2005 general election Braslawsce was beat by Fair Firm Finn. Finn was the REPUBLICAN candidate who received the help of the democratic machine. So much for party loyalty I guess.
    Timothy Finn bested Democratic challenger William Braslawsce by fewer than 50 votes, with the vote totals 3,172 to 3,123.

    I hear the Beaver Falls Democratic committee may have recently taken a page out of the 2005 House Of Cards. More on that ahead I’m sure. After all ” It’s All In The Name D.A. Dumb Ass”

    GOOD LUCK MR. William Braslawsce—family-members-of-officials/article_1b917254-1e61-5438-a818-dda6cd3ba3c6.html

  9. Does so much for the mentally ill does he, what a joke.
    He let’s them go to jail for hitting a staff member with a door and putting a bruise on their arm. They were in a serious mental health crisis, in a mental facility to boot.11 to 23 months for a very sick person with 1 dui 6 yrs ago.
    9 months without proper meds and a social worker who has no training to work with severely mentally ill, a disgrace.
    Even worse , whIle they were waiting for a bed to open up in the mental facility they were accepted into, their new attorney approached the courts for mercy and have them transfered to a hospital to get the medication so badly needed, our DA refused, they sat in jail very ill, almost 3 more months.
    If it wasn’t for this wonderful new attorney, Mr Braslawske would have left them there the whole 23 months.
    He is part of the reason mentally ill people sit in jails on seriquel (to make them sleep all the time, so not to have to deal with them).
    Instead of in treatment where they belong.
    This is just one of many, real friend to them I say, blahhhhhh

  10. This man is unfit to be a Judge in Beaver County or any County. If you more of the same,corrupt bullshit as usual then my all means vote for this man.

      • Debbie DeCostro happens to be an excellant choice for common pleas judge. Shahen not so much. I have done my homework.

  11. No, no, no, no, nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He got his law degree from COOLEY LAW SCHOOL…the shittiest of the shitty! Look it up! It’s where dumbfucks who couldn’t get in anywhere else go to law school. Beaver County voters: for once, just once, vote like you want and deserve someone GOOD. Don’t vote for this total mediocrity. Because that is what he is. An undistinguished lawyer who has lusted after judicial office for many years. Listen to ol’ Snurd, dammit.

      • Shahen went to some no-name shit-hole for law school…but at least it wasn’t fucking Cooley. He has a decent legal mind, but his temperament could use some work. At least he got rid of the big beaner ‘stache. DeCostro just sucks, I’d whip out my dong and jack off in open court before I’d ever vote for her.

  12. W. Braslawsce No good, rotten, prick b! No people! Don’t vote for him!
    Union guy nothing printed by them on you handouts!
    Never mentions representing mental health patients. Are you embarassed?
    He has contacted clients and victims. Can’t represent both parties.
    You represent criminals majority of the time!
    He is so detailed about the last running. You lost! Who posted it for you.
    Your appearances everywhere amusing. You forgot about what really matters your values.
    Liz his companion,one of many in the past 3 yrs, lmao, made the first post on BC.



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