Thursday, November 2, 2017

Common Pleas Court Judge Candidates

Several different judge candidates appear on the ballot this election. I’m only going to summarize the Common Pleas Court candidates. Information for the others can be found at Put in your address, click Enter, then click on “Get personalized information on candidates and issues.”

Judges of the Court of Common Pleas are the ones who try most criminal and civil cases. If you’re called for jury duty in Norristown, those trials are handled by these judges. They serve 10-year terms. You’ll vote for no more than 2 candidates.

All three candidates are lawyers, of course. I put them in alphabetical order by their last name.

WENDY G. ROTHSTEIN of Plymouth is with the law firm of Fox, Rothschild, LLP and has been a respected trial attorney in Montgomery County. She’s running on both Republican and Democratic tickets. She was born in Norristown and spent her early school years. Other Norristown connections: she’s a board member of the Elmwood Park Zoo, and also chaired the Liberty in the Law Program, facilitating visits of attorneys and judges to 6th grade classes in the Norristown Area School District.

JEFFERY SALTZ is running as a Democrat. He’s from Lower Merion and runs his own law firm in Center City Philadelphia. He has 30 years of courtroom experience, including in Montgomery County.

JOSEPH P WALSH, Republican, is from Montgomery Township (near Lansdale). He was appointed as a Common Pleas Court Judge last September to fill a vacancy. He’s now running for a full term.

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