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Pennsylvania & Bucks County Bar Associations Ratings for Judicial Candidates

On Tuesday, November 5th, voters will be casting ballots to fill two seats on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Voters also will be deciding whether to retain two judges on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and two judges on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.To better inform voters about the candidates in this statewide election, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission (PBA JEC) is reissuing its ratings and descriptive paragraphs for all appellate judge candidates appearing on the Nov. 5 ballots.

In order to help you to make an informed decision, we have linked that review here for your reference. 

Here in Bucks County, six candidates are running for Common Pleas Judge.  Last Spring, the Bucks County Bar Association (“BCBA”), an organization of attorneys dedicated to promoting and advancing the legal system and justice throughout Bucks County, conducted a plebiscite (peer evaluation) to evaluate ten attorneys who announced their candidacy for three vacancies on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, and the four current judges of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas who are running for retention.  Please note, this evaluation was done prior to the May primary election, please refer to the table below for the evaluations of the six remaining candidates who will appear on the ballot on November 5th in the highly recommended, recommended and not recommended categories.  The remaining candidates for the three judicial vacancies are Denise M. Bowman, Grace Deon, Charissa Liller, Allen Toadvine, Jessica Vanderkam, and Jordan Yeager.  If you wish to review the original evaluations, here is a link to the plebiscite results.

Candidate

Highly Recommend

Recommend

Not Recommended

Denise Bowman

104

92

21

Grace Deon

193

88

15

Charissa Liller

26

45

165

Allen Toadvine

95

92

26

Jessica VanderKam

35

60

121

Jordan Yeager

150

77

29


Additionally, the members of the Bucks County Bar Association were asked to provide their opinions if the following Judges should be retained in office as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County.  Here are the results in the endorsed and not endorsed categories:

Candidate

Endorsed

Not Endorsed

Hon. Robert Baldi

318

16

Hon. Wallace Bateman

320

4

Hon. Gary Gilman

310

11

Hon. Alan Rubenstein

306

17

 

However you may choose to vote, please do remember Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th.