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2013 May Primary Bucks County League of Women Voters Guide

2013 May Primary Bucks County League of Women Voters Guide

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF PENNSYLVANIACITIZEN EDUCATION FUNDNONPARTISAN VOTERS GUIDEMunicipal Primary Election May 21, 2013
(C) Copyright 2013 LWVPA
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CEF 
Polls open 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.
This Voters Guide may be taken into the voting booth.
FOR ELECTION INFORMATION
Contact your county Board of Elections. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania CitizenInformation Center also provides election information. CALL TOLL FREE: 1-800-692-7281
ABOUT THIS GUIDE
The material in this Guide was compiled by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund. This material may not be altered or reprinted without the permission of the League. Each candidate's reply has been printed as submitted, except to use standardabbreviations and by editing from the bottom when a candidate's reply exceeded the word limit.The candidates listed are those whose names appear on the ballot as of March 27, 2013. They arelisted according to their ballot order. Additional information about judicial candidates and voter 
information including “Polling Place Lookup” can be found by going to 
www.smartvoter.org andtyping in your address and zip code. Allegheny, Delaware and Montgomery County residentswill see additional information on local candidates at www.smartvoter.org as well.
PURPOSE AND POLICY OF THE LEAGUE
The purpose of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens ingovernment. The League is nonpartisan: it does not support or oppose any political parties or candidates. Nothing in this guide should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate by theLeague of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund.
ABSENTEE VOTING
Registered voters who are ill, disabled, or will be absent from the municipality on Election Daymay vote by absentee ballot. Completed applications for civilian absentee ballots must bereceived by the county Board of Elections by 5 P.M., Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Completedcivilian absentee ballots must be received back at the Board of Elections by 5 P.M. on Friday,May 17. 2013. If an emergency arises (unexpected illness or business trip) after the Tuesdayapplication deadline, call your county Board of Elections for information on emergency absenteevoting. Proof of emergency may be required. An emergency application and ballot can beobtained and voted by 5 P.M. on Friday, May 17, 2013. Any disabled voter having questionsregarding the accessibility of a polling place should consult the county Board of Elections.
WRITE-IN VOTING
Information for write-in voting will be available at the polling place.
ELECTION DAY PROBLEMS
 
If your right to vote is challenged at the polls on Election Day and the problem cannot beresolved at the polling place, the judge of elections at the polling place should telephone thecounty Board of Elections. The problem could be resolved by phone if your name appears on thecounty records. If it does not and you want to try to resolve the problem, then you can go in person to the county Board of Elections where a judge from the Court of Common Pleas will beon duty to resolve election problems. Alternatively you can ask for and vote by provisional ballot. If it is later determined that you were eligible to vote your ballot will be counted. Youwill be given instructions on how to determine if your vote was counted. Problems at the pollscan be reported to the PA Department of State atwww.votespa.comand to the ElectionProtection Hotline, 1-866-OurVote or www.866ourvote.org. Forms for voter absentee ballots, emergency absentee ballots and alternative ballots can bedownloaded from the Resource Center atwww.votespa.com. 
IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW VOTERS
 If you are a new voter or if you are voting at a polling place for the first time then you must bringyour voter ID card or a photo ID such as a driver's license, student ID or some other form of Federal or State government issued ID. Some forms of non-photo ID are also acceptable such asa firearm permit, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check. If you donot have any acceptable ID then you must be allowed to vote by provisional ballot.
ON-LINE VOTERS GUIDE
The Voters Guide and other useful information for voters can be found on the League of WomenVoters of Pennsylvania homepage: www.palwv.org. It is also posted on the League of Women Voters of Bucks County website, www.lwvbucks.org (go to the Voters Guide Page).
*CERTIFICATION NOTE*
As of the publication date of this guide, the slate of candidates listed below is accurate based
upon the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Ele
ctions unofficial ballot.
 
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
JOB DESCRIPTION
The Superior Court is one of Pennsylvania's two statewide intermediate appellate courts. Thiscourt, which was established in 1895, reviews most of the civil and criminal cases that areappealed from the Courts of Common Pleas in the Commonwealth's 67 counties. The Superior Court consists of 15 judges who serve 10-year terms. The president judge of Superior Court iselected to a five-year term by his or her colleagues. A huge volume of appeals flow to Superior Court from the trial courts. Generally, appeals areheard by panels of three judges sitting in Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Pittsburgh. The court oftenis the final arbiter of legal disputes. Although the Supreme Court may grant a petition for reviewof a Superior Court decision, most such petitions are denied and the ruling of the Superior Courtstands.
Term: 10 years
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Salary: $188,337(Vote for 1)
 
Victor P. Stabile (Republican)
 
Home address: Carlisle, PACampaign Website:http://www.vicstabile.com Date of Birth: 9/14/57Candidate for: Superior Court of PAEducation:1982, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., Member Law Review1979, SUNY Stonybrook,
cum laude,
B.A.CURRENT Occupation: Partner 
 – 
Dilworth Paxson LLPQUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS OFFICE: Appellate Judicial Clerk, Deputy Attorney General,Partner 
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Dilworth Paxson LLP, 30 years trial and appellate experience, 10 years local electedofficial, significant community and pro bono service.
QUESTION
: What three suggestions do you have to improve court procedures and efficiency?
 
Increased use of alternate dispute resolution alternatives
 
Streamline procedural rules
 
Increased use of technology to reduce court costs and administration
Joseph C. Waters, Jr. (Democrat)
 No response received 
Jack McVay, Jr. (Democrat)
 
Home address
, Pittsburgh, PA 15232Business address: Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Pittsburgh, PAEmail address mcvayforsuperiorcourt@gmail.com  Date of Birth: June 28, 1956Candidate for: Superior Court JudgeEducation: Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
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Bachelor of Science 1980University of Pittsburgh
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Summer classesDuquesne University School of Law - Juris Doctorate 1984CURRENT Occupation: Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge, Family DivisionQUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS OFFICE:
 
Assistant County Solicitor 
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Allegheny County 1984-1992 1997-2007
 
Assistant City Solicitor 
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City of Pittsburgh 1995-1998
 
Allegheny County Housing Authority 1993-1995
 Highly Recommended by the Allegheny County Bar Association; Recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
 QUESTION
:
What three suggestions do you have to improve court procedures andefficiency?
 

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