Rick Lowe announces his candidacy for Court of Common Pleas

December 18, 2018

Rick Lowe announces his candidacy for Court of Common Pleas

Eminently Qualified and Committed to Public Service,
Lowe is joined by some of his supporters

(Media, PA) -  From the steps of the Media Courthouse, Rick Lowe, former Mayor of Swarthmore and an accomplished attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience,  announced that he is a candidate for one of the four open seats for judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Delaware County.  Lowe stated that he believes that he is exceptionally qualified for the role of judge, with over ten years as an arbitrator and almost as long as a mediator, so he has direct experience doing what judges do on a day-to-day basis.

“From the time I was young, my father instilled in me a strong commitment to fairness, justice, and respect for the rule of law.” said Rick Lowe, candidate for Court of Common Pleas. “Because no Democrat has ever been elected to judge in Media, and because there is not even one appointed Democrat on the bench now, too many people in Delaware County are left with the impression that our courts run on the principle of who you know.  If we can elect Democrats as judges, then we will help set the tone that everyone in Delco, from all walks of life, and from all background and political affiliation, can get a fair shake. I commit to you that in my courtroom, all cases will be judged solely on their merits, not on relationships to the powerful insiders -- of either party!”

Lowe emphasized that he has a made a commitment to public service his entire professional career. While still a law student, he volunteered with the ACLU, working in the area of due process rights. As a young lawyer, Lowe became active with Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent (VIP), a group that organized lawyers to provide pro bono legal services. He served on the VIP Board, and ultimately became President of the organization.

Lowe later served as Mayor of Swarthmore, the first Democrat to do so, and on his first day as mayor, he joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns to help combat gun violence. Also, he was a lead plaintiff in a successful lawsuit to thwart an unconstitutional attempt to gerrymander many districts within Delaware County, including Upper Darby and Swarthmore.

In 2013 Lowe began volunteering at Graterford Prison (now SCI Phoenix), a maximum-security prison about an hour north of Philadelphia. He explained at his press briefing that he combined his knowledge of history and the law and created a course for the men – primarily “lifers” – on the history of the American Constitution. As a result of the relationships that developed from his teaching, Lowe was asked by the men to become their outside liaison and assist in their effort to pass legislation that would permit parole eligibility for lifers. He accepted this responsibility and continues to visit the men regularly.

Lowe told the assembled group that he is very proud to say that he has been happily married to Margie McAboy for over 34 years. They have two children, Emma (28) and Abby (24), both of whom graduated from Strath Haven High School in Wallingford. Emma went on to graduate from Vassar, and Abby from Temple where she recently received a master’s degree in city planning. Lowe stated that his family - a “coalition” of women - are the lifeblood of his campaign, and that he is eager to hit the campaign trail.

For more information, go to www.ricklowe4delco.com.


Colleen Kennedy