EFFECTIVE. EFFICIENT. ETHICAL.
A progressive voice.
The Montgomery County Prothonotary’s office is profoundly important: It is where residents file legal documents pertaining to many significant moments in their lives, including personal injury, domestic abuse, divorce, and child custody.
In February of 2019 I was unanimously endorsed for the office of Prothonotary by the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.
When elected, I will pair my local roots and globally-forged progressive values with the approach I employed as an Assistant District Attorney: competence, ethics, effectiveness and respect.
I grew up right here in Montgomery County, attending Jenkintown Public Schools from kindergarten through senior year. My parents instilled in me progressive values: a dedication to service of others who may be less fortunate than I and an appreciation for diversity of life experiences.
In college at James Madison University I joined 1 in 4, a group of male students who educated peers on how to help a sexual assault survivor. 1 in 4 was a galvanizing force in my life, deepening my desire to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.
After teaching United States history in a public school in Virginia, I joined the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa, where I served as a teacher and teacher trainer for over two years. I taught local teachers better teaching practices with an emphasis on treating girl and boy students equally.
After returning from Malawi and graduating from Rutgers Law School I became an Assistant District Attorney right here in Montgomery County, prosecuting all types of cases, including sexual assault cases and economic crimes against the elderly. For the last five years, while at the law firm Rudolph Clarke, I have represented and appeared in court often on behalf of towns and school districts throughout Montgomery County.
I live in Springfield with my wife, Lindsay, who is a nurse, and two young boys. I am proud to serve as a Democratic Committeeperson and Chairperson of the Area 9 (Cheltenham, Jenkintown, and Springfield) Democrats.
WHAT’S A PROTHONOTARY?
“Prothonotary” has Greek and Latin roots, meaning “first scribe” or “chief” and dates back to the Byzantine Empire.* The Prothonotary is the elected civil clerk of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas and is responsible for recording all civil procedures before the court. The Prothonotary signs and seals all writs and processes numerous other documents of the Court. The Prothonotary’s Office is responsible for the recording and filing of legal papers in matters of personal injury, domestic abuse, divorce, and child custody.
As a practicing attorney and former assistant district attorney in Montgomery County, I am intimately familiar with the Prothonotary’s Office and its operation as well as the County courthouse generally. On a day-to-day basis I work with County judges, attorneys, and County officials. I will use this extensive experience to ensure that the Prothonotary’s Office is run in the most efficient and effective way.
You can also expect:
Competent stewardship. As Montgomery County Prothonotary, I will emphasize increased efficiency in the office. My every action and decision will be made with an emphasis on being a good steward of the public’s finances.
Improving efficiency. I will work with other County offices to streamline inter-office processes, and I will hold seminars with attorneys throughout the County to discuss ideas for more efficient practices that would save the County money.
Proactive advocacy. As a leader in the third most populous County in Pennsylvania, I will speak to issues that are important to County residents. The Prothonotary files protection from abuse orders, and I would speak out against sexual assault and violence towards women, with an emphasis on how to help sexual assault survivors who might be seeking help.
A voice for equality. The Prothonotary issues passports, and I will speak out on immigration matters and the importance of a more inclusive and caring dialogue. As a County elected official I will welcome the chance to converse with County residents on issues of racial and income inequality
*”Prothonotary” definition from Wikipedia, retrieved November 15, 2018.
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