Experience, not politics, a better choice in the Conshy / Plymouth District Judges Race
Judge Frank Bernhardt worthy of the support of voters in magistral district 38-1-13
Ask anyone on the street and they’ll tell you that politics has become more polarized and more partisan than ever. All too often, the political party and ideology are examined before a candidate’s ideas, program or experience. One area of elections, until this year, which has reversed this trend is the election of judges – from the local level of district judges to the State Supreme Court. This was on purpose, because our courts are supposed to be free from politics and political influence; remember: “justice is blind” is the basis of our justice system. Unfortunately, things seem to be changing this year.
Voters in Plymouth Township and parts of Conshohocken will go to the polls or return their mail-in ballots and make a choice between Judge Frank Bernhardt and challenger Jodi Lukens Griffis for the magistrate district judge seat. Unlike in previous years, one candidate seems to rely on his resume while the other focuses on partisanship.
Bernhardt ran his campaign on the basis of three basic messages: his proven track record; its long-standing and exemplary commitment to the community; and its support for a bipartisan coalition of residents, leaders and organizations. He avoided the etiquette of a political party and answered the important League of Women Voters 411 vote poll.
Bernhardt’s campaign cites 20 years of bench experience in one of Montgomery County’s busiest district courts, presiding tens of thousands of hearings and handling hundreds of thousands of cases as proof of his abilities as a judge. Bernhardt is also an accomplished lawyer who is admitted to practice in the Eastern District of the United States Federal Court and the United States Supreme Court.
Bernhardt is also focused on his work helping to create a diversion program that helps first-time non-violent juvenile offenders get back on the right track; his efforts to step off the bench to work in schools and with countless civic groups; and, his efforts as the # 1 Plymouth Fire Company Life Member and former Youth Sports Coach to illustrate that his to our local community goes far beyond his work as a District Judge.
Bernhardt’s experience has earned him the support of local lawyers and residents of all political persuasions, including well-known children’s lawyer Lisa Kane Brown, who says: “My job is to fight for well-being. children. He has always made sure that children who must come to his courtroom feel safe and has helped develop programs that give children who make mistakes the chance to have a better life.
Kane further explained his support, saying, “Judge Bernhardt is also the most qualified candidate… and qualifications are the only things we should care about in a judge. Not the political party, gender or personal beliefs of the person… because none of this belongs to the courtroom.
Bernhardt’s experience and background has also earned him official endorsement from our community’s local police (Fraternal Police Order of Lodge 37) and local unions including IBEW 98, Steamfitters 420 and IUPAT District 21.
Griffis, on the other hand, has chosen to run a campaign more worthy of a typical political effort than someone seeking to become a judge. She aligned herself strongly with one political party, accepted campaign funding from local political boss Jason Salus (the man behind the failed Colonial School District team that residents recently removed from office), and refused. to end the League of Voters. investigation. Griffis’ campaign should make any resident – of any political stripe – reflect on his ability to separate political parties from blind and fair justice.
With election day fast approaching, voters can strike a blow against extreme partisanship by voting through experience, not politics, in an office that should always be determined on that basis: the district judge. If they do, Judge Frank Bernhardt deserves the support of voters in Magistrate District 38-1-13.
Paid by the committee to elect Frank Bernhardt