Last week, confronted with a mountain of evidence to the contrary, an apparent supporter of my opponent, Jill Beck, immediately withdrew her challenge to my nomination petition for the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In the weeks prior, my supporters and I collected thousands of valid signatures across Pennsylvania to support my candidacy.
While I respect and support the need for open courts in Pennsylvania, this challenge was baseless and it is clear that the challenger failed to research the facts underlying the challenge. This kind of frivolous litigation is a waste of everyone’s time and judicial resources, and should not be tolerated.
Challenging a candidate’s nominating petition to prevent him or her from appearing on the ballot is an age-old, worn-out game in Pennsylvania; one that is grounded in the unspoken fear of facing a worthy opponent.
However, in recent years, and unlike many other states, Pennsylvania law has made the voters’ desire and candidates’ ballot access paramount over all other considerations. Our Democratic values include a belief that running for office must be accessible to all and voting should be accessible to everyone - I unwaveringly support that belief.
As those who challenged my candidacy and the interests of my supporters have plainly learned, I WON'T BACK DOWN IN THE BATTLE FOR JUSTICE.
Having experienced the relics of "smoke-filled back room" politics that mock the ideals of the modern Democratic Party, as well as the judicial system, I ask for your support of my candidacy for Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Together, we can put these outdated, undemocratic, political tactics on the trash heap of history where they belong.
I thank you for your support.