Ben Nevius wins close race for judge in Berks County

Judge Timothy Rowley retained for 2nd 10-year term

READING, Pa. - A seat left vacant by last year's retirement of a veteran Berks County judge is about to be filled.  After months of campaigning and spending, it came down to less than a thousand votes.

Republican Ben Nevius, with 51 percent of the vote, won the race for court of common pleas judge Tuesday, defeating Democrat Tina Boyd.

"I'm incredibly proud of what we were able to accomplish over the last nine months.

Everybody in this room believed in me and I would not be here if it wasn't for them," said Nevius, amid a crowd of supporters at The Locker Room in Exeter Township.

Tina Boyd jumped out to an early lead but was not able to hold on at the end. 

"I'm very proud of the campaign that I ran. I'm very proud of my supporters for coming out and it was a very close race. I don't regret anything that I did," said Boyd, at the Pour House American Grille in Ruscombmanor Township. 

Nevius began his career as a judicial clerk for former Berks County President Judge Jeffrey Schmehl. He will now succeed Judge Scott Keller, who stepped down last year.

A lifelong resident of Berks County, Neviius said his experience as a commercial litigation partner with Fox Rothschild LLP will help him as a judge.

"It gave me a background doing a whole plethora of things of the civil side of the bench, municipal side of the law, and, you know, it prepared me to do this," Nevius told WFMZ's Tom Rader at his election night gathering with supporters in Exeter Township.

Tina Boyd, with the firm Boyd and Carver, works primarily in family law. She says this will be her final attempt at the position of judge in Berks County.
"There will be no future plans to run in the future and I'm not saying that because I lost tonight. It's been a long road for me, three years. It takes a toll on my family and on me personally." 

She's looking forward to continuing her work as an attorney and with the nonprofit organizations she's involved in.

Separately, Timothy Rowley will serve another 10 years as common pleas judge, with 66 percent voting yes to retain him for a second term.

You can click here to find complete election results for Berks County.

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