By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 4/10/17
A decision by a state appellate court means that an East Bradford Democrat’s name will appear on both parties’ ballots for a magisterial district judge seat in West Chester in next month’s primary election.
The Commonwealth Court on Friday overruled an order by a Common Pleas judge in March removing Bret Binder’s name from the Republican ballot, stating that the trial court judge had incorrectly interpreted requirements for ballot challenges mandated by a previous decision in an election case.
President Judge Jacqueline Carroll Cody had ruled that those objecting to Binder’s nominating petitions did not have to list specific information about petition location of the signatures they were contesting as invalid. In fact, Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough wrote in a nine-page decision, they did.
“I am pleased that the Commonwealth Court correctly applied the law and reinstated me on the Republican ballot” said Binder in a press release. “I am grateful that Republican voters will now have the opportunity to vote for me in the primary, and support my plan to bring fresh ideas to the magisterial district court. If elected, I will serve with integrity and treat everyone equally and fairly under the law.”…
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