Schuylkill County District Attorney Jim Goodman thought he had it made. The Republican Party is in disarray, his office is handling a boatload of high profile criminal cases, including one that has garnered national attention, and with the economy stumbling, not many established attorneys with trial experience are willing to give up or scale back their private practice for a run at public office. As far as Goodman was concerned, he was going to win a second term by political default. Not any more . . . .
The Clarke Report has learned that former Assistant District Attorney Christine A. Holman will seek the GOP nomination for Schuylkill County DA. Holman, a successful solo practitioner based in Frackville who left Goodman’s office in 2005, said, “I cannot stand idly by and let [Goodman] go uncontested. Schuylkill County deserves better.”
Holman is a polished trial lawyer with 13 years of courtroom experience, including four as a county prosecutor. A graduate of Thomas Cooley School of Law, she served as a law clerk in the Schuylkill County courthouse for four years before getting her start as a trial attorney with Rubright, Domalakes, Troy, and Miller in 1995. Following her stint in the DA’s office, Holman went into business for herself, concentrating her law practice in the areas of criminal defense and family law. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at McCann School of Business in Pottsville. Holman is married to the political lightning rod, former Rhoades’ chief of staff Clyde “Champ” Holman.
An official announcement is expected soon. The Clarke Report will have a full profile and breakdown of the race in the coming weeks.