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1867 Susquehanna Road

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Abington, PA 19001
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Abington-Rockledge
Democratic Committee

Attn: David Floyd, Treasurer
P.O. Box 132
Abington, PA 19001

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Abington Township Board of Commissioners

 
Ward 2 | Ken Brodsky | Email

Kenneth N. Brodsky, Esquire, a Pennsylvania native, is a graduate of Temple University and Delaware Law School. Upon graduation from law school, he worked in various general practice law firms and a Pennsylvania Insurance firm. From 1994 to the present time, he has been in private practice in his own law firm concentrating his practice in representing injured workers in Pennsylvania. [more]
 
Ward 4 | Jimmy DiPlacido | Email | Website | Facebook

Jimmy currently is the Commissioner for Ward 4 and works for the American Red Cross as the Manager of Acquisition, Planning Scheduling.  He has been with this organization for nearly 20 years.  He also assists in coordinating blood drives and contributions for relief efforts from and for the Abington community. [more]
 
Ward 6 | Michael Thompson | Email | Facebook | GoFundMe

Mike earned a professional degree at Temple University in 2002, and is a practicing architect in Philadelphia.  He is currently an Associate at Stantec Architecture and Engineering, LLC, where he specializes in higher education facilities, but has also worked on projects in healthcare, K-12 schools, commercial, and single family residential. [more]
 
Ward 8 | Chiquilla Holt | Email | Facebook

Chiquilla Holt is a woman who is known for her moral character and transparency.  A product of humble beginnings, Chiquilla learned at an early age, the importance of an education and the value of tenacity and hard work; both of which, she has applied to serving her family, volunteerism and community service to youth. [more]
 
Ward 10 | Tom Hecker | Email | Website | Facebook

During his first term as Commissioner, Tom’s major priority has been connecting and engaging the residents of Ward 10 in the life of the community.  Through a weekly newsletter that reaches more than 1000 people, social media and ongoing community meetings, Tom regularly informs people about what is happening and seeks their input in address the Township’s challenges and opportunities. He has also worked to ensure that the Township provides cost effective services and improve aging infrastructure while keeping residential taxes affordable. [more]
 
Ward 12 | Matt Vahey | Email | Facebook

Matt and his wife Cary count themselves lucky to raise their family in Ward 12. They met nearly 18 years ago during freshman orientation at The Catholic University of America. They have two wonderful daughters who are thriving at Copper Beech Elementary School. Matt earned his law degree at night from Temple University, and before entering private practice, he clerked for a federal judge. [more]
 
Ward 14 | Lori Schreiber | Email | Website

Lori was first elected as a Township Commissioner in 2005, when she won an election over a 24-year incumbent. Professionally, she has a Master’s degree from Lehigh University in Social Relations, and has over 25 years of experience in Social Services. [more]

Abington Board of School Directors

 
Raymond McGarry, Esq.

Ray has been serving as a member of the Abington Board of School Directors for nearly 20 years.  During that time, he has chaired or sat as a member of nearly every Committee of the Board. Ray has served as the President of the Board for the past 9 years. [more]

 
Barry J. Stupine

Barry Stupine has served on the Abington/Rockledge School Board for nearly 24 years, serving as President, Vice President and chair of most committees.  During this time the School District has replaced or modernized all nine schools and built a state-of-the-art athletic facility. [more]
 
Adam Share

Adam Share and his family have been township residents since 2002. Prior to moving to Abington, Adam, his wife Beth and sons lived in Cheltenham for ten years. In the 1990’s Adam served on the Cheltenham Township Citizens Advisory Board and later on the Economic Development Task Force. [more]
 
Josh Stein

Josh Stein has been an Abington resident since 2014. Like many others, he and his family were drawn to the township because of its reputation and excellent schools.

Josh has spent his entire professional life in public service, first as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, and then for the past five years, he has served as the First Assistant Solicitor for Montgomery County, helping in the turn-around of County government that had previously been beset by fiscal and ethical issues.  During this time, he focused much of his work on the areas of government transparency and best practices. [more]
 
Brian Allen

Brian is a STEM educator at Shafer Middle School in neighboring Bucks County. He received his undergraduate degree and MBA at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island before relocating back home to Pennsylvania. After working in management for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, he returned to school to earn his teaching certificate at Delaware Valley College (now University). Brian continued his education and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration with K-12 Principal’s certification from California University of Pennsylvania. [more]

Tax Collector

 
Jay Blumenthal | Website | Facebook

Jay is a native of Elkins Park.  After completing college and military service, he worked in his family’s business, Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company.  Jay then became a founding partner of the accounting firm Blumenthal and Brauman.  After 35 years, he sold his accounting firm to become full time Abington Township Tax Collector and has served in this position for 12 years.  He continues to maintain his accounting license and attends pertinent seminars for tax collectors.  As Tax Collector, Jay has combined his business acumen and interest in community service to work tirelessly for the benefit of Abington Township residents. His accomplishments include: exceeding budgeted revenue collections, increasing office hours and staff (at his own cost), procedures, and accessibility for the taxpayers. Jay is available and responds to emails promptly.

Jay and his wife, Jo, have two daughters, Kate and Sarah. He has served in various community service leadership roles, including: Audit Chair of Jefferson Health System, Chairman of the Board and Board Treasurer of Aria Health, board member of the current Jefferson Health, and PAL Treasurer.  These roles have enabled him to provide information and assistance to individuals in the Abington community.

Jay is grateful for the opportunity to serve. He would appreciate your support and vote.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas

 
Wendy Rothstein | Email | Website | Twitter

Wendy is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. She is a 4th generation Norristownian and now lives in Plymouth Meeting with her daughter Rachel.

Wendy has worked her entire career in Montgomery County. During college, she worked for four summers in the Montgomery County Prothonotary’s Office. Upon graduation from college, she worked as a Social Worker in the foster care unit at Montgomery County Children and Youth. During Law school, Wendy volunteered at the Montgomery County Legal Aid.  Wendy has been at the same law firm, Fox Rothschild LLP, since graduation from law school. Wendy is currently a partner in the Blue Bell Office.

Wendy has achieved numerous "firsts" in her career as a leader at law firms and other legal organizations.  Wendy is known, and highly respected, as a Montgomery County trial attorney having practiced in the county courts for over 34 years. Wendy has served in a judicial capacity and advisor to the Judges for over 15 years as a Discovery Master, Civil Case Master and Chair of a Board of View.  She has been honored, as a trailblazer for Women in the legal profession, by the Montgomery Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Senior High School Distinguished Graduates Association.

Wendy is currently the Vice President and a board member of the Norristown Zoological Society, which owns and operates the Elmwood Park Zoo. Wendy along with other board members have spearheaded the expansion at the Zoo.

Wendy has been very active in the Montgomery Bar Association. Wendy served on the Board of Directors and the Judiciary Committee. Wendy has also served as the Chair of the Bench Bar Committee, the Speakers Bureau and the Diversity Committee.  Wendy has also chaired the Liberty in the Law Program where an attorney and Judge visit 6th grade classes at Norristown Area School District once a month for 8 months to teach a one hour civics class.  Wendy has also chaired the Bar Association’s summer diversity program where paid internships and mentoring are provided to first year diverse law students.

Wendy graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work from Temple University and received her law degree from University of Baltimore Law School.
 
Jeff Saltz | Email | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Jeff Saltz was educated at Princeton University and Harvard Law School and has more than 30 years of courtroom experience in Montgomery County, Philadelphia, and the surrounding counties. He grew up in Lower Merion and is a graduate of Lower Merion High School. After college and law school, Jeff returned to Lower Merion with his wife Janet. Their three children are also graduates of the Lower Merion public schools, and all three work as educators at the high school or college level.

Jeff represents both individuals and companies in business litigation and other disputes. During the mortgage foreclosure crisis, he represented homeowners free of charge to help them save their homes.
Jeff is a candidate for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas – the principal trial court in Montgomery County. He is running because he believes that fair and independent judges are critical to the protection of individual rights. Jeff has:
  • the experience to understand the law in all its complexity
  • the empathy to apply the law with the understanding that there are real people before the Court and that his decisions will have real consequences
  • the temperament to give all parties the assurance that they have gotten a fair shot and a full hearing.

The Montgomery Bar Association has ranked Jeff as "Highly Recommended" for the position of County Judge – the highest rating available.

Jeff is part of the Saltz-Rothstein team running for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

 
Judge Thomas DelRicci

Thomas M. DelRicci currently is the President Judge of Montgomery County, unanimously selected by his colleagues to serve in that position. During his nearly twenty years of service as a judge, he has been acknowledged as an innovator and tireless reformer, leading the effort to reduce backlogs int he Courts. He is a recognized expert in the areas of municipal law, zoning and land use and has served in numerous leadership roles, including Administrative Judge of the Civil Division and President of the Pennsylvania Trial Judges. He has been commended by and received numerous swards from such groups as the Montgomery Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Conference of Trial Judges, and his alma mater, Saint Joseph's University.

A nearly lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Judge DelRicci resides with his wife of thirty-one years in Whitpain Township where he is an established community leader.

Judge DelRicci's retention was endorsed by The Montgomery County Democratic Committee in February, 2017. His name will appear as a separate ballot question. Please vote "YES" to insure his retention.

District Judges

 
Jack Kessler

John “Jack” Kessler has served as a Magisterial District Judge for Abington and Rockledge since 2012. As a District Judge, Judge Kessler is responsible for deciding traffic cases, landlord-tenant matters, minor criminal cases and small civil claims. In addition, Judge Kessler arraigns criminal defendants, sets bail and conducts preliminary hearings for misdemeanors and felonies to determine whether enough evidence exists for cases to be heard at the Common Pleas level. [more]

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

 
Ellen Ceisler | Website | Facebook

After graduating from Temple University Law School in 1986, Ellen served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, where she specialized in the prosecution of crimes of domestic violence.

Following her tenure in the District Attorney’s Office, Ellen worked as an investigative producer for CBS News in Philadelphia, where she developed, researched, and produced in-depth investigative series on issues related to the mental health, foster care, and day care systems; government mismanagement and waste; consumer fraud; and abuses of the elderly and immigrants. [more]
 
Irene Clark | Website | Facebook

Former Pittsburgh Municipal Judge Irene Clark’s (nee McLaughlin) law school motto, “Law in the service of human needs,” connected at her core and set Irene on a career focused in public interest law. After earning a B.S. degree in economics from the highly regarded University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1984, Irene returned to the New York neighborhood where she grew up and enrolled in the newly founded CUNY School of Law at Queens College, which is, according to the New York Times, “a school that trains the public’s lawyers.”. [more]

Superior Court of Pennsylvania

 
Deborah Kunselman

In November 2005, Judge Deborah Anne Kunselman became the first woman ever elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County.  Judge Kunselman is a 1992 honors’ graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, and a 1989 high-honors’ graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where she was a student of the Schreyer Honors College and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. [more]
 
Maria McLaughlin | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Judge McLaughlin currently serves as the co-chair on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas FYI Committee and as the current vice-president of the Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court. She has on numerous occasions participated on judicial panels and has lectured for the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Delaware County Bar Association, PA Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Judge McLaughlin has appeared as a guest on local television and radio shows to discuss a variety of family law topics. [more]
 
Geoff Moulton | Website | Facebook

Judge Moulton has devoted the bulk of his career to public service, developing a broad range of experience that serves him well as an appellate court judge.  Following his graduation from Columbia Law School in 1984, where he was managing editor of the Columbia Law Review, he served as a law clerk on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  After his clerkships, he spent a total of eight years as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, including four years as First Assistant United States Attorney. [more]
 
Carolyn Nichols

Judge Carolyn H. Nichols, elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 2011, conducts felony jury trials in criminal court, with equal justice, protecting the rights of crime victims, and the accused; she works to create opportunities for positive reentry to prevent recidivism. She attended public schools and graduated from Temple University JD, LLM, and Eastern University MBA programs. [more]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

 
Dwayne Woodruff

The Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff is a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County – Pittsburgh, presiding primarily in the Family Court Division since 2005.

Woodruff has the unprecedented, dual career distinction in professional sports; simultaneously practicing law with the Meyer Darragh firm and playing football for the Pittsburgh Steelers for three years from 1988 to 1990. In 1997, he became a founding partner of Woodruff Flaherty law firm; later Woodruff Flaherty & Fardo. [more]

Jury Commissioner

 
Joanne Cisco Olszewski 

Joanne was born and grew up in Philadelphia and grew up and went to school in Springfield Township, Montgomery County.  She relocated to Maryland and while a resident for fifteen years, Joanne served as administrative aide to a Maryland State Senator.  She was also very active with the Maryland Division of the American Cancer Society, and served as ACS state secretary 1973-74 and public education volunteer of the year in 1975. A cured cancer patient, she chaired Maryland’s first “Cured Cancer Congress” program committee in 1983.

In the 1990’s Joanne founded the Montgomery County Democratic “Warrior Women,” an effort to empower the local Democratic committee women to be a unified force to help elect Democrats.  Women all across the county began wearing a ubiquitous yellow “Democratic Warrior Women” button.  The “Warrior Women” campaign took off and continues to support candidates for all levels of office.

Joanne has worked to get Democrats elected at all levels, and has served in many different roles:
  • Montgomery County chair for Harris Wofford’s successful special election bid for United States Senate, 1991
  • One of the twenty-one electors of the Pennsylvania Electoral College, 1996
  • Chair, Congressman Joe Hoeffel’s successful election to the 13th Congressional District seat, 1998
  • Field Director on Congressman Joe Hoeffel’s congressional staff, 1999 and 2000
  • Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1996, 2000, 2004
  • Long-time committee member
  • Eighteen-year member of Pennsylvania State Committee
  • First Vice Chair of MCDC for 18 years
  • Jury Commissioner for 10 years.
Joanne has been married to Bernie Olszewski for 55 years and is the mother of three daughters. In her community, she serves as an officer of The Friends of Hillcrest Pond at Cisco Park, a conservation group founded by her late father, James A. Cisco.  She is also a member of the Regional Association of Campania, an Italian Heritage and Cultural Group.

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