The work of a judge on Court of Common Pleas in Delaware County has a very real impact on the lives of Delaware County residents, often during their most difficult struggles.
The Court of Common Pleas is a court of general jurisdiction, which means that it has the authority to hear all kinds of cases which arise in its geographic area. The court handles civil matters (accidents; medical malpractice; commercial disputes); criminal cases; family law matters (custody; alimony; protection from abuse); Orphans Court (will contests); and Juvenile Court. There are also a number of “specialty courts” such as the Treatment Court, the Veterans Court, and the Mental Health Court. The matters that are heard by the judges on the Court affect in very real ways the daily lives of the residents of Delaware County. The names of the judges may not be household names, but the work they do can deeply affect your freedom, your family, your home, or your business. Whether you have a family member struggling with addiction, or you are struggling with your lender to keep your home from foreclosure, you have a right to expect a judge who, as Rick’s initials reflect, is Respectful, Independent, Compassionate, and Knowledgeable.
In the upcoming election, there are FOUR vacancies on the Court. The Court currently has 21 judges. To fill four vacancies in one cycle represents an unprecedented opportunity; years can go by without a vacancy on the Court. Although a few Democrats have been appointed to fill vacancies for short periods of time, no candidate supported or endorsed by the Democratic Committee of Delaware County has ever won election to the bench. The Primary Election for this important contest will be held on May 21, 2019. The General Election will be held on November 5, 2019.
Judicial terms run for ten years, which makes this election critical! Your support, whether financial, through your vote, or through volunteering with the campaign, could make a vital difference in the lives of thousands of your neighbors.