EAST MARLBOROUGH >> For most of his life, Al Iacocca has given back to the community. He’s volunteered on scores of civic and non-profit organizations, and now he’s looking to extend his role in public service by seeking to become the area’s next district justice.
“I like the Service Above Self motto of Rotary,” said Iacocca, an active member of the Longwood Rotary Club. “That’s what my life is about.”
Iacocca, A Democrat, will face Republican Jane Donze in the November election for the Magestrial District Justice 15-3-04 bench based out of Kennett Square.
Iacocca, of East Marlborough, currently runs a law practice in Willowdale, and said if elected he will quit that profession and dedicate his time to service as district judge.
The list of Iacocca’s volunteer community service during the past decade is impressive. He’s the present board member for Wings for Success, past Unionville High School PTO vice president, past PTO president at Hillendale Elementary School, former board member and race director at Kennett Run Charities, past board member and sports coach at Kennett Area YMCA, former Unionville Recreation Association girls and boys basketball coach, and he also helped to lead Unionville Boy Scout Troop 22 and Cub Scout Pack 131.
And when a civil lawsuit was filed last year by a parent at Hillendale Elementary School against its principal alleging improprieties with a recent Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) election, Iacocca offered up his services pro-bono, along with Chester County Legal Aid.
“I think my presence in the community and my commitment to being a part of the community and making sure Kennett and the surrounding area thrives is what people know me by,” Iacocca said.
Iacocca is a firm believer in responsibility and accountability, and said it’s important to work with young people at the high schools to get them started on the right track in life, and wants to spend time with at-risk students. He believes the job requires just the right temperament.
“I think I’m tough, but compassionate,” he said. “Sometimes we need to let people recover and rebuild. There’s a certain level of resolve. The critical thing is if a crime occurs, we need to make sure it does not happen again.”
Iacocca graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2001. Today, he spends much of his time representing local clients in area District Courts as well as the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.
“People have to realize this is a public service role,” said Iacocca, a former All-American Triathlete who has won several endurance adventure races. “That’s where my focus is, local. I like living here. I have enjoyed being part of the community. This is where I plan to stay.”
Iacocca has won several awards for his service to the community. He was the 2012 YMCA E. Marshall Newton III Community Service Award recipient, and was named Kennett YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 2009.
If elected, Iacocca is promising the community that he will continue his public service role.
“A lot of attorneys in the area have shown support for me, and I think it’s critical to be available,” he said. “I want to make sure the community remains safe, and that they have a judge that is available to them.”