1. changeagent
    October 23, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

    I am curious about where you found the information that the Democratic judicial candidates are in favor of eliminating gerrymandering? Also, so far I’ve been unsuccessful in finding information on the Westtown Twp Supervisor candidates, Tom Haws and Scott Yaw, beyond the fact that Haws is the incumbent and Yaw is on the Planning Commission — can you please help? Thank you.

    • changeagent
      October 24, 2017 @ 4:22 pm

      This afternoon I was able to find that Scott Yaw’s campaign has a Facebook page. Also, by searching the SCOWT Facebook page archives, I was able to find several references to Tom Haws comments about the Crebilly and Pappenfuss development proposals in SCOWT member reports of various past township meetings/hearings — they characterize Haws as developer friendly.

      I also found that Chuck Linn’s campaign, the Democratic challenger for West Chester Region 3 School Director, has a Facebook page, and he gives a link to the candidate responses to the PTA’s questionnaire. To me, Linn’s responses seemed to have more depth than the other challenger (Spackman). The incumbent, McCune, didn’t respond to the questionnaire — IMO this says something about respect for constituents and valuing transparency.

      Lastly, I found that the PA Bar Association rates Democrat Irene Clark as “not recommended” for Commonwealth Court Judge for what seem like sound reasons related to lack of adequate experience for the role.

      • changeagent
        October 24, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

        PS: I forgot to mention that SCOWT is Stop Commercialization of Our Westtown Township

        • DocJess
          October 26, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

          YAY! On finding your information on the local candidates. We reached out to all the candidates we could, and many chose to not submit a profile for our Candidate Guide. As for Irene Clark. She wasn’t my first choice in the primary. The rationale for the Bar Association rating her “Not Recommended” is because she’d be new to the bench, having limited previous judicial activity: she was both a magistrate and Housing Court judge, and therefore “skipped” to Commonwealth Court. She hasn’t, however, had any of her decisions reversed on appeal, and her bio shows a nice spectrum of areas of law. You can see her bio here: http://www.pabar.org/public/news%20releases/17jec/IreneClark.pdf

  2. MelissaJ
    October 24, 2017 @ 10:01 am

    Looking for info on Judge Bortner and Judge Platt. Thank you!

    • DocJess
      October 26, 2017 @ 1:59 pm

      There is virtually no information on Bortner beyond that he was a PI lawyer, and did some probate prior to becoming a judge. In addition, on Martindale, he has hidden all peer reviews that were submitted.

      Platt is not registered to vote in Pennsylvania unless she is registered under another name.

  3. B Soltis
    November 4, 2017 @ 2:46 am

    You have not discussed the merits of Jules Mermelstein, running for Superior Court as a Green Party candidate. His description, as entered on your candidate search site:
    Jules Mermelstein has been dedicated to the integrity of his word and the pursuit of justice. In junior high school, Jules decided to become an attorney based on his love of the Bill of Rights and his belief that the Nixon Administration was misusing criminal law to prosecute those exercising their freedom of speech. He has been a lawyer since 1980 and he later became a government teacher for high school and college students. As a five-term elected official, Mr. Mermelstein served as Township Commissioner in Upper Dublin, and was twice nominated by both major parties. This year in his bid for Superior Court Judge, Mr. Mermelstein is running as the only third-party candidate, to accurately represent his position that the integrity of the candidate matters before party lines, and to ignore the integrity of a judicial candidate is to ignore the integrity of our courts. He is endorsed by PSEA, Green Party of PA, Our Revolution SE PA and BuxMont DSA. The majority of his appellate experience as a criminal defense lawyer was spent before the Superior Court. He stands apart from other candidates with a diverse background highly involved in his community and with no ethics complaints ever made against him. He was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Citizen of the Year in Upper Dublin, and is known for teaching Sunday school with his wife for over 20 years. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter, and visit his website, Jules4Judge.com, for more information.

    • DocJess
      November 5, 2017 @ 6:36 am

      The information on our candidate search was provided BY the candidates. None were edited in any way.

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