Judge of the Court of Common Pleas Candidates

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas Candidates

Name Party Office

Daniel Maisano

Democratic

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

Website: www.maisano.us
Facebook: Team Judge Maisano
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Email: dan@maisano.us
Explain why you are running for this position.
Being a judge for 22 years was the best calling in life. I truly miss the opportunity to sometimes make a difference in one's life. We can't change all the people who come before us but sometimes we are successful and it is the most rewarding feeling there is.
If you are elected, on which top 3 issues would you concentrate?
If elected I would work to expand the mental health and other diversionary courts. I believe that treatment is a better option, in most cases, over incarceration. In addition, I would work to insure that defendants of color and the poor are not discriminated against, especially when it comes to bail and sentencing. Finally, I would initiate a community outreach program into our schools so students become aware of the judicial system. how it works and consequence for one's actions.
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
I am the best candidate because I have 22 years experience on the bench already. I have proven judicial demeanor. I have over 39 years legal experience. I have taught 5 different legal courses in 2 major local universities. I have run in 4 separate judicial campaigns and won both the Republican and Democratic primaries in all 4 demonstrating that I have bipartisan support and can win the election. Finally, I have countywide name recognition. In summary, I have the most experience and the best chance of winning the election, making me the best candidate.
What do you say to your potential constituents to make you stand out from everyone else? (Something like: I play the banjo while standing on my head or I juggle or anything that truly makes you unique)
I believe good people make bad choices. It doesn't necessarily make them a bad person. Therefore, I treat everyone who comes before me with courtesy, dignity and respect.
Will you support the eventual nominnee of your party?
Yes, I will support the eventual party nominee.
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Analisa Sondergaard

Democrat, cross filed

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

Website: Https://www.judgesondergaard.net
Facebook: Citizens for Judge Sondergaard
Twitter: @JdgSondergaard
Email: Citizens4sondergaard@gmail.com
Explain why you are running for this position.
Judges in the Court of Common Pleas deal with issues that can profoundly affect the lives of the litigants, whether it relates to their personal freedom (criminal cases), potential recovery for financial loss (civil cases), and the future of their family (divorce and custody cases). These cases require a person who not only has knowledge of the law but also has compassion. In 2011, I was elected to serve as Magisterial District Judge. As a judge, it is my job to maintain an environment of respect and fairness. Prior to taking the bench, I spent 7 years as a prosecutor at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the next 17 years as a civil litigator. My experience as a trial attorney has provided me with a strong substantive legal background. My experience as a judge has provided me with an understanding of the judicial process. I hope to continue to represent and serve the residents of Chester County as a Court of Common Pleas judge.
If you are elected, on which top 3 issues would you concentrate?

I want to work toward criminal justice reform that offers more options for defendants while still protecting victims and the community. I would like to ensure that treatment is incorporated into sentencing so we can help break the cycle of addiction-based crime. Every single one of us knows someone who suffers from alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and/or mental health issues. When these struggles result in criminal activity, the courts should identify programs that could provide those defendants the opportunity to beat their addiction. Such court-imposed treatment programs can help save lives and families, and successful programs would not only help prevent future crime but will also save money. This goal can also be addressed by the expansion of Mental Health and Drug Courts in Chester County; these programs have proven to be successful, and that success should be available to a wider group of offenders. Finally, for those defendants that are convicted of minor offenses with mandatory jail sentences, such as Driving Under the Influence, I would like to explore the possibility of implementing weekend sentencing options so people who are sentenced to jail terms have an option to that would not lead to the loss of employment.
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
My breadth of experience in the law as both a judge and trial attorney makes me the best candidate for the Court of Common Pleas. I have 8 years of judicial experience: I have served as a Magisterial District Judge in Tredyffrin and East Whiteland Townships and have gained an excellent reputation in the legal community as someone who demonstrates wisdom, common sense and integrity in my daily rulings. I have 7 years of prosecutorial experience: I served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia where I was assigned to the Family Violence and Sexual Assault unit. As a member of that unit, I prosecuted offenders accused of domestic violence, rape, and physical and sexual abuse against children. I have over 10 years of civil trial experience: I have represented clients in both state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in mediations, arbitrations, and jury trials. I am the only candidate that can offer judicial, prosecutorial and civil litigation experience.
What do you say to your potential constituents to make you stand out from everyone else? (Something like: I play the banjo while standing on my head or I juggle or anything that truly makes you unique)
For the last 25 years, my husband and I have seen every movie that has been nominated for Best Picture before the Oscars are awarded. We started this tradition in 1994, which was the year that Forrest Gump won the Oscar for Best Picture (we thought that The Shawshank Redemption should have won). Maintaining this tradition has not always been easy, particularly when our children were young, but we enjoy seeing different kinds of movies and trying to predict the winners. Over the years, we have had family and friends join us, which has made it even more enjoyable.
Will you support the eventual nominnee of your party?
Absolutely. I believe that we must unite behind the chosen candidates.
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Bret Binder

Democrat cross filed

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

Website: Https://www.bretbinderforjudge.com
Facebook: Bret Binder for Judge
Twitter:
Email: bbinder@bretbinderforjudge.com
Explain why you are running for this position.
The most impactful moments of my legal career have involved the judiciary — from clerking for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serving as a magisterial district judge. The courts impact people during what are often their lowest or most stressful moments. As a sitting magisterial district judge, I strive to treat every person who enters the courtroom with respect, conduct a fair hearing, and reach a well-reasoned and educated decision. The opportunity to hear people's cases as well as serve on the Rules Committee for the Special Courts Judges Association is immensely rewarding and a way to give back to the community that has given me so much. As a practicing litigator for the last decade representing people and businesses, I know the importance of a judge who understands the challenges facing clients and practicing attorneys and will work with both to ensure a practical, speedy, and just process. If elected to the Court of Common Pleas, I hope to work to improve the judicial system by closely examining disparate sentencing, cash bail reform, and the expansion of mental health and drug courts, among other issues.
If you are elected, on which top 3 issues would you concentrate?
A judicial candidate cannot comment on any issues that may appear before the court; however, if elected I would focus on systemic changes including: (1) expanding mental health and drug/alcohol courts. Too often the criminal justice system has focused only on punishment and not treatment of the underlying problems. As we face a growing opioid crisis and an increased awareness and recognition of mental health issues, it is important that the courts work to help people address the underlying issues and help prevent recidivism; (2) continuing my existing efforts to move towards cashless bail. Many people currently incarcerated are awaiting trial because they cannot afford the bail set and may result in loss of a job, home, or the like. People should only be imprisoned prior to a finding of guilt in the event that they are a true flight risk or danger; and (3) examining disparate sentencing and ensuring equal access to and treatment in the judicial system and collecting data to root out any systemic problems.
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
I believe that I have a unique background by virtue of having clerked for the Pennsylvania Superior Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court as well as sitting as a magisterial district judge. Those experiences have given me a unique view on the impact of the judiciary and the importance of every individual and case that appears in court. In addition, my commercial litigation experience as the founder and managing member of Binder & Canno, LLC, has given me an understanding of the practical impact of judicial decisions and the process on attorneys and clients. I also co-author a book on evidence (Binder on Pennsylvania Evidence, 10th Edition) and serve on the Special Courts Judges Association Rules Committee in an effort to comment on and improve the legal system. Lastly, I hope that my work on the bench has shown that I have a knowledge of the law, treat people with respect and compassion, and will work tirelessly to improve the system.
What do you say to your potential constituents to make you stand out from everyone else? (Something like: I play the banjo while standing on my head or I juggle or anything that truly makes you unique)
I played semi-professional baseball for much of my life as well as water polo in college. If I were able to throw 95 mph I would try to give back to the community by helping the Phillies bullpen!
Will you support the eventual nominnee of your party?
Yes.

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Charles Gaza

Republican crossed filed

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

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Andrea Cardamone

Republican crossed filed

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

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Thomas McCabe

Democratic

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

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