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2007 Voters GuideJudge of
the Traffic Court


Job Description: This court has jurisdiction over all summary offences under the motor vehicle code and also handles all violations of the city traffic ordinances. This court can issue warrants for unpaid citations and arrest scofflaws with one outstanding violation on record at Philadelphia Traffic Court. Individuals may appeal all Traffic Court cases and receive a trial de novo in the Court of Common Pleas.
Qualifications: Must be lawyers OR pass a qualifying exam after completing a training course.
Term: 6 years
Salary: $79,934

Qualifications: We asked about the candidates’
A. Education
B. Current Occupation
C. Qualifications for this office.
D. And we asked, have you been endorsed by the Bar Association?
We also asked candidates for Traffic Court Judge:
1. What in your background prepares you for service as a judge?
2. What are the most pressing needs for reform in our justice system?
3. What do you recommend happen to help stop repeat offenders and reduce the violence that is plaguing our city?

(vote for not more than 3 in your party)

Democratic

John Connelly

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Scott Cummings

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Helen Hellon D. Divers

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Wayne A. Johns

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Albert C. Littlepage, Jr.

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Mike Lowry

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Frederick C. Mari, Jr.

(filed in both parties)

Philadelphia
Qualifications:
A. 1980, Frankford High
Current occupation: Union Glazier, local 252
C. Judicial Tipstaff, 6 years
Have you been endorsed by the Bar Association? No
Answers:
1. What in your background prepares you for service as a judge? I spent the last six years working as a judicial aide in Philadelphia’s Traffic Court. It was in this capacity that I learned the importance of diligent and knowledgeable judges. I believe I have the “right stuff” to be such a judge. I know the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, more importantly I know how crucial it is to be fair and to treat each defendant appearing before this court with the respect they are due.
2. What are the most pressing needs for reform in our justice system?Traffic court is considered a minor court by all except those scheduled to appear before it. For the vast majority of folks Traffic Court represents the only contact they will ever have with our judicial system. My experience has taught me the pressing need in Traffic Court is that each of these people be treated fairly and with dignity. This is a need that will be met in my courtroom.
3. What do you recommend happen to help stop repeat offenders and reduce the violence that is plaguing our city? I am a proponent of the “Broken Window Pane” theory of crime prevention popularized by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratten. This theory holds that if society allows itself not to care about the little problems larger ones — like the violence that plagues our city — will surface to rule the day. Traffic Court is among the places society can address the little problems. I will do so each day as a Judge.
Web site: http://www.fredmari.com


Curtis Alton McAllister

Philadelphia
Qualifications:
A. Comey Institute of Industrial Relations, US Air Force University; Quality Management, Germantown High 1971
Current occupation: Longshoreman
Qualifications for this office: Community Activist
Have you been endorsed by the Bar Association? No
Answers:
1. What in your background prepares you for service as a judge? I’m a labor leader, community activist who recognize the pressing needs of this our city. As Judge of Traffic Court, I’m a reasonable man that understands will to serve the people and represents their interest and will dispend justice wisely.
2. What are the most pressing needs for reform in our justice system?Many people are tired of opportunist and career hand-picked politician whose primary goals are to represent the desire of the few, instead of the needs of the many. Their primary objective is to buy your vote. When elected as judge of Traffic Court, I, Curtis Alton McAllister, will fight for additional federal and state dollars.
3. What do you recommend happen to help stop repeat offenders and reduce the violence that is plaguing our city? As Recording Secretary for ILA political PAC and labor leader, I have personally experienced the jobs layoff and the unemployment lines. I have worked with agencies that are making the port of Philadelphia, once again “One of the Fastest Growing Port in America” and we are putting men and women back to work.
Web site: None Provided


Sandra A. Mills

Philadelphia
Qualifications:
A. Applicant to Rosemont College (Continuing education program for working mothers)
Current occupation: Affairs Coordinator, National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees
Qualifications for this office: Assistant Managing Director/ Staff Director - Municipal Center Legal Clerk, Labor mediator and negotiator
Have you been endorsed by the Bar Association? No, never interviewed
Answers:
1. What in your background prepares you for service as a judge? I have a good understanding of municipal laws, state legislation and general legal matters. My background includes many cases involving mediation, negotiation and arbitration that were handled successfully. Working in human services taught me proper temperment, professional organization and self-management. I have keen knowledge on handling difficult people and multiple complex matters. I am additionally skilled in working with governmental systems that are under the jurisdiction of a higher authority.
2. What are the most pressing needs for reform in our justice system?The Philadelphia Traffic Court system needs reform in its practical process. There should be more efficient and courteous service available. I want more information available to drivers regarding the policies and procedures of driving in Philadelphia. More general info to educate drivers is needed. I’d like to see more suitable hours for scheduling working people. Also, other alternatives including computer generated communication for scheduling hearings and making payment arrangements.
3. What do you recommend happen to help stop repeat offenders and reduce the violence that is plaguing our city? Education and employment will reduce crime and violence. A good education prepares people for employment. Jobs should generate a living wage, adequate health care and other benefits. I would like the school district to implement an immediate plan to reduce the high school drop-out rate, specifically targeting African American males who have the highest percentage of arrest, probation and parole.
Web site: http://www.Mills4TrafficCourtJudge.com


Robert Mulgrew

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Brenda Reavis

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Candido Silva, Jr.

Philadelphia
Qualifications:
A. 1984, Community High School Diploma; 1986, James Martin AVTC, Certified Nursing Assistance
Current occupation: Revenue Supervisor for the Philadelphia Parking Authority
Qualifications for this office: 6 years Philadelphia Traffic Court
Have you been endorsed by the Bar Association? No
Answers:
1. What in your background prepares you for service as a judge? I have many years of public service and a great deal of respect for the law. I have empathy and understanding for others. I have studied and reviewed many traffic violation cases which have been heard in Traffic Court. My experience and research with parking issues at the Philadelphia International Airport has given me a thorough understanding of case by case testimony.
2. What are the most pressing needs for reform in our justice system?I think a major part of the restructuring of the judicial system concerning moving violations should consist of monthly bulletins begin sent throughout the city via community papers, sharing awareness of present laws and standard operating procedures in conduct of the courts as well as the offender.
3. What do you recommend happen to help stop repeat offenders and reduce the violence that is plaguing our city? As a Traffic Court Judge I believe in working with local, state and federal officials in bringing drivers’ education back to high schools as a credited course towards graduation. We must ensure our young Philadelphians understand the privilege of driving and what it means to be a responsible motorist. Repeat offenders will be sentenced to 40 hours of community service as well as restitution.
Web site: None Provided


Willie Singletary

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Bernard A. Strain

(filed in both parties)

Philadelphia
Qualifications:
A. Community college of Phila — no degree
Current occupation: Marketing Representative PA State Treasury
Qualifications for this office: Only candidate for judge of traffic court with hearing experience. I have heard over 25,000 cases (municipal) at BAA.
Have you been endorsed by the Bar Association? No
Answers:
1. What in your background prepares you for service as a judge? I have been in public service for 30 years. I have worked for a state senator, the state treasury deptartment. I installed the computer system in the traffic court. I am the only candidate for Judge of the Traffic Court who has heard a case. Let alone 25,000 municipal cases. I am the only candidate with experience. These cases I have treated people with dignity and respect!!
2. What are the most pressing needs for reform in our justice system?Parking tickets should be taken from the collection process of the finance department which they are now under. No revenue for parking tickets should be under finance department. Traffic court should have more working people friendly hours. Hearings should be available on Saturday. All Judges should be held to term limits of two 6 year terms.
3. What do you recommend happen to help stop repeat offenders and reduce the violence that is plaguing our city? Violence by murder by vehicles is on the rise. We read daily about one hit and run after another. People who steal cars are to blame for most of these innocent people getting hit and then left in the street to die like a piece of TRASH. Car thieves should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I had I family member who was killed by a D.U.I. Offender. Until it strikes your family it’s just another head line.
Web site: None Provided


Betty Townes

Qualifications: No response received
Answers: No response received


Republicans

Scott Cummings

(filed in both parties)


Frederick C. Mari, Jr.

(filed in both parties)


Bernard A. Strain

(filed in both parties)

 

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