MAY 21, 2019 PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS
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One statewide office will appear on ballots across Pennsylvania in 2019: Registered Republicans and Democrats can vote in primary elections for Judge of the Superior Court. Here’s a list of candidates for the Superior Court (with links to their campaign websites) compiled by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. And here are the PA Bar Association’s candidate ratings.
In Montgomery County, registered Democrats and Republicans can also vote in primary elections for the three seats on the County Commission, Clerk of Courts, Controller, Coroner, District Attorney, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, Sheriff and Treasurer, as well as judgeships on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial Court. There will be one ballot questions, as well in races for municipal offices and school boards. Here are the Montgomery County Bar Association’s candidate ratings for Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. There will also be Democratic and Republican primaries for municipal offices and school boards, and there’s a ballot question (link to lower on page) in Hatboro Township in which all registered voters (not just Republicans and Democrats) may participate.
The legislative and executive arm of the Montgomery County government is the three member Board of Commissioners. Elected at large for four-year terms, the three choose one of their members to be chairman. Provisions are made for minority-party representation as the electorate votes for two from the four candidates seeking the three positions. If a vacancy occurs, the county judges appoint a replacement. The Commissioners name all department heads, as well as most members of the county’s boards, authorities and committees and, along with the Controller, establish salaries of all employees. The management of county property and all phases of financial administration, except final audit, also rests with the Commissioners. And they are responsible for the preparation, adoption and execution of the annual budget, as well as the taxing of all property, both real and personal, for county purposes. They have jurisdiction over County-maintained roads and bridges, and supervision of the Court House and other county-operated facilities. In 2018, the commissioners’ salaries ranged from $82,590 to $90,846.
The Clerk of Courts is the clerk of Montgomery County’s criminal court and retains custody of all original cases. The office maintains an index and docket in which a record is kept of all documents filed in each case. Court costs and restitution are assessed and collected for each case. These court-related costs are distributed in accordance with the law to the appropriate municipal, county and state offices, and restitution victims. The office is also responsible for the collection of bail money and its return to the surety upon completion of court action. The office maintains miscellaneous records and dockets relating to the division of election districts, the appointment of election officials, constables, and private detectives. The Clerk of Courts is elected to a four-year term, and the salary in 2018 was $79,160
The Controller has general supervision over Montgomery County’s fiscal affairs and of the accounts of all functions collecting, receiving or disbursing county funds. The Controller also conducts audits, oversees county payroll, maintains retirement-accounting records, serves as a member of the Salary Board, Depository Board, Investment Board, and is the secretary of the Montgomery County Employees' Retirement Board. The Controller is elected to a four-year term, and in 2018, the salary was $79,160.
The Montgomery County Coroner investigates and certifies sudden, unnatural and violent deaths, and all other deaths that are not caused by natural disease or cannot be properly certified by a PA licensed physician on the basis of prior medical attendance. The office applies current scientific methods for evidence analysis and investigations to assist law enforcement, court systems and health and environmental agencies. The Coroner is elected to a four-year term, and in 2018 the salary was $79,160.
The Montgomery County District Attorney oversees some 50 attorneys, 40 detectives and 50 support personnel who investigate and prosecute some 9500 adult crimes a year. The DA is elected to a four-year term and in 2018, the salary was $175, 572.
The Prothonotary is the elected civil clerk of Montgomery County’s Court of Common Pleas and is responsible for recording all civil procedures before the court. This official signs and seals all court writs and processes, and numerous other documents. The Prothonotary office also processes passport applications, and records and files legal papers of a widely diversified character such as name changes, custody decisions, divorces, drivers-license suspension appeals, tax liens and school audits. The word “prothonotary” is Latin for “first, chief or highest administrator” and the title dates back to ancient Rome. The Prothonotary is elected to a four-year term, and in 2018 the salary was $79,160.
The Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds is responsible for maintaining the integrity of all land records and documents recorded at the office, and collecting and distributing county and state fees and real-estate transfer taxes for the state as well as the county’s townships, boroughs and school districts. In addition, the Recorder of Deeds is also responsible for administering oaths and recording the commissions of notaries public. The office is also the custodian of all county records and indexes relating to land transactions, and is required to archive all documents relating to land transactions. And it is the repository for bonds and commissions of county elected officials; Common Pleas and Magisterial District court judges; military-discharge papers for all eligible service and reserve members; subdivision, state highway and railroad plans; powers of attorney; and other miscellaneous documents. The office staff of recorders, indexers and scanners processes over 100,000 documents a year. The Recorder of Deeds is elected to a four-year term, and in 2018 the salary was $79,160.
The Register of Wills has jurisdiction over the probate of wills and the granting of letters of administration in Montgomery County. The office is also the agent for the state in the collection of inheritance taxes, averaging more than $80-million annually. Accounts of administrators and executors are received by the Register of Wills, as are petitions of adoption. Certified copies of wills and short certificates for the transfer of certain securities are issued as required by law. As clerk of the Orphans’ Court, the office also issues marriage licenses and has charge of the Orphans’ Court dockets. And the Register of Wills keeps the records of all persons born in Montgomery County between 1893 and 1915. Birth records of persons born after 1915 are kept on file with the PA Department of Health. The register of wills is elected to a four-year term, and in 2018, the salary was $81, 960.
The Sheriff is Montgomery County’s chief law-enforcement officer under the Pennsylvania Constitution. While most police work is done by local and state police, the Sheriff’s office is responsible for enforcing court orders, serving criminal and civil writs issued by county courts, transporting prisoners throughout the Commonwealth; performing extraditions from other states for court proceedings; assisting other law-enforcement agencies in processing DUI offenders; issuing firearms licenses; conducting sales or real and personal property; assisting local and regional law-enforcement agencies during emergencies and apprehensions; and ensuring safety in the Montgomery County Justice Complex. The sheriff is elected to a four-year term, and in 2018 the salary was $79,160.
The Treasurer is the custodian of all Montgomery County funds. Payments of county taxes and fees, state and federal grants, and other monies due the county are received and deposited by this office. The Treasurer is also responsible for investing county funds and the payment of all funds on proper authorization for obligations incurred by the county. As an agent for the Commonwealth, the office sells licenses for hunting, fishing, dogs, bingo and small games of chance. It also collects the 4% hotel-room occupancy tax for the county's Convention and Visitors Bureau. And the Treasurer is chairman of the County Investment Board, treasurer of the Employees' Retirement System and a member of the County Depository Board. The Treasurer is elected to a four-year term, and in 2018 the salary was $79,160.
The Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas is a general jurisdiction trial court located in Norristown. It’s 23 full-time judges and five senior judges hear a wide spectrum of cases, including adult and juvenile criminal prosecutions, lawsuits involving money or property, divorce, custody disputes, child support issues, adoptions and estates.
Candidates for seats on the Court of Common Pleas must be residents of their districts for at least one year and members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Bar at the time of filing nomination petitions for office. Terms are for 10 years and the mandatory retirement age is 75.
Montgomery County has 30 Magisterial District Court offices located throughout the county, responsible for adjudicating all traffic citations and parking violations, as well non-traffic citations. The courts also process criminal and private criminal complaints inclusive of arraignments and preliminary hearings, and handle civil and landlord-tenant complaints up to a jurisdictional limit of $12,000. Judges can also administer oaths and perform marriages.
Candidates for seats on the Magisterial District Courts must be residents of their districts for at least one year and members of the Pennsylvania Bar or be certified by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts as having successfully completing a rigorous training and education program administered by the Minor Judiciary Education Board. Terms are for six years and the mandatory retirement age is 75.
Registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for candidates in their party's primary on May 21.
Unaffiliated and third party voters can vote on the ballot questions.
Ballot Question: Shall the Borough of Hatboro establish a Special Library Tax to provide for the maintenance of and aid to Union Library Company of Hatborough at the rate of .55 mills on the dollar on all taxable real estate within the Borough of Hatboro? Yes or No
Official “Plain English” Statement: The Union Library Company of Hatborough, the public library at 243 South York Road, has been operating in Hatboro since 1755. A majority vote yes to this question would establish for the first time, a tax line item that is to be paid specifically to the library for its operations and maintenance. The rate on the ballot is for the library to receive .55 mills.
IMPORTANT ELECTION DAY INFORMATION
Voters with questions or issues on Election Day should call the proper authorities:
|For voter registration, polling location or other procedural issues||610-278-3275|
|Report potential election law violations to the District Attorney||610-278-3090|
For more information about Pennsylvania voting procedures, visit EveryoneVotes.PA.com.