Democrats. On Tuesday, May 21 you have the opportunity to select 3 experienced lifelong Democrats to run for 3 vacant judicial positions in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. Are you sick of Mitch McConnell and Trump appointing conservative judges? Well here is your chance to elect judges right here in Bucks County who reflect our Democratic values. Don’t waste this opportunity.
Democrats are usually independent thinkers and don’t like to follow their party line. They usually don’t like following orders from on high and are more concerned with doing what’s right. I too am often guilty of that and frankly, some say that is why Democrats lose so many close elections. But this time, the Bucks County Democratic Party leaders got it right. The rank and file committee people reviewed candidate qualifications and voted to endorse the 3 best candidates: Charissa Liller, Jessica VanderKam and Jordan Yeager. So I am wholeheartedly supporting these 3 BCDC endorsed candidates. We need to ensure they get chosen in the May 21 primary and go on to win in November.
Charissa already has two decades of experience as a prosecutor in the Court of Common Pleas, including over 40 successful jury trials. Her former work as a social worker helping families in crisis and her 16 years of family law experience make her eminently qualified for this judicial position and demonstrates a compassion and commitment to family values which is essential for this judicial position. Jessica also has over 11 years of direct experience in Family, Civil and Orphan’s Court and will use her youthful fresh perspective to introduce innovation and improvement into the judicial arena. She has already argued cases before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts and has received a Rising Star award. Jordan has a stellar career fighting for civil rights and representing women facing employment discrimination and sexual harassment. But he is best known for his outstanding work on behalf of environmental issues which has gained him national recognition and the endorsement of many environmental organizations. Locally he has protected Bucks County from the fracking industry and has won the first case in Pennsylvania history to recognize our constitutional right to a healthy environment. I call him an environmental rock star.
A bonus for voting for Charissa and Jessica is that it will help create gender parity on a court that is 85% male. And electing 3 lifelong Democrats will create political parity on a court that is now 85% Republican.
Please make sure you vote on May 21, especially for these 3 talented, compassionate and fair-minded lifelong Democrats.
Steve Cickay, Newtown Township Democratic Committee Person