Every odd year, we vote on 1/3 of the 17 Magisterial District Judge seats in the County plus any vacancies that are to be filled. For all Magisterial District Judge territories, see here.
The Magisterial District Judges are part of the unified judicial system of the Pennsylvania court system. Each MDJ is elected to a 6-year term of office and holds hearings on the following:
- Summary cases (both traffic and non-traffic related matters)
- Civil and Landlord/Tenant cases not exceeding $12,000
- Criminal cases
- Preliminary Hearings on misdemeanor and felony cases
For more about MDJ duties, see the County site. See other judicial positions on the ballot here. Info on 2021 candidates will be added to as we receive updates. CCDC endorsements are from the Feb. 16 endorsement convention; candiates do not need to be endorsed to appear on the primary ballot. Judicial candidates are allowed to cross-file, meaning that some candidates appearing on the Dem primary ballot may not be Dems.
MDJ Districts / Municipalities / Dem candidates 2021 (for Dem Zones, see here)
15-1-01 West Chester 3, 6, 7, East Bradford, West Bradford (Dem zones 7, 9)
Marc J. Lieberman, Esq. is an attorney in private practice with over 20 years of experience, handling nearly every type of case dealt with by the District Courts. He is a graduate of Henderson High School, West Chester University and Widener Law School and began his career at the Chester County Public Defender’s office. He is also a former small business owner and founder. He has been the judge of elections for 6 years at his polling place; additionally Marc has volunteered with Access to Justice, Wills for Heroes and at Paradise Farm. As an MDJ, Marc would work to develop addiction recognition training and a program to help identify high-risk individuals and get them into treatment sooner. Marc believes that every problem can be overcome with determination and creative thinking. For the past 17 years, he has lived in East Bradford with his wife and two children.
Daniel is the only lifelong Democrat seeking this position and the only candidate dedicated to public service. As a prosecutor, Daniel has tried cases ranging in severity from DUI to homicide. His trial experience and understanding of rules of procedure will serve him well as District Judge. Daniel believes the District Court can positively influence the community. As a prosecutor, he holds the belief that it is better to teach and treat rather than simply punish and incarcerate. This is why he is a supporter of the expansion of treatment courts. Making our community the kindest and safest place is important to him because he understands that the community will help shape his two little boys. This community focus is what has kept Daniel in public service and why he seeks this position. He is responsible, reasonable and relatable – attributes a District Judge must possess. In addition to his unmatched qualifications, he will bring a type of young energy and positive outlook that our community can be proud of.
15-1-02 East Goshen, Easttown, Malvern, Tredyffrin E1, E2, M1, M5, M6, W3, W4, Willistown (Dem zones 12, 14, 15, 16, 17)
Now more than ever, it is critical that judges at all levels of the judicial system have the qualifications, training and experience to properly evaluate the merits of cases and impartially apply the law. No one should leave a courtroom feeling like they didn’t get a fair shake because the judge was partial to one side or lacked the experience necessary to fully appreciate the legal or practical implications of his or her decision. As an attorney with broad experience in criminal law (as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney) and civil law (representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to an infant born into the foster system), I will be able to accurately evaluate all legal issues that will come before me as District Judge. Electing the most qualified judges is good public policy and best serves the community, the taxpayers, and the judicial system.
15-1-03 Coatesville 2, 4, South Coatesville (Dem zones 4, 20)
15-1-04 West Chester 1, 2, 4, 5 (Dem zone 9)
15-2-07 Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan, West Pikeland (Dem zones 10)
Paige Simmons has handled hundreds of civil cases, including commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes and small claims disputes. She is Corporate Counsel for a national real estate company and before that founded a firm that provided counsel to local businesses, community associations and property owners. She has handled a wide range of cases from helping a veteran get his home back after being scammed to working with an Airbnb owner to remove a guest who refused to vacate to resolving disputes between homeowners over sewer line issues. She holds an undergraduate degree in business and a law degree from Case Western Reserve and is working on her Master’s in Public Administration at Johns Hopkins. She serves on the boards of the Chester County Women’s Commission (a subcommittee of the Chester County Commissioners’ office), The Barn at Springbrook Farm (serving special needs children), Friends Association (providing emergency shelter and services for families facing homelessness)medium;style=”color: #333333;”>She and her husband have two adult children and live in West Pikeland.
15-4-01 East Whiteland 3, 4, 5, 6, Tredyffrin M2, M3, M4, M7, W1, W2, W5, E3, E4, E5 (Dem zones 12, 13)
15-4-02 Caln, Downingtown, East Brandywine, East Caln (Dem zones 5, 10)
15-4-04 Avondale, Franklin, London Britain, London Grove, New Garden, West Grove, West Marlborough (Dem zones 3, 8)