Interview with Bret Binder

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 11/1/17

I had a chance last week to interview Bret Binder, an East Bradford attorney who is running for the position of Magisterial District Judge in West Bradford, East Bradford, and West Chester wards 3, 6, and 7.

Why are you running for MDJ?

Too many people have lost faith in the Pennsylvania judiciary because of a series of scandals from the Magisterial District Courts up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Given that most people’s only experience with the law is in the Magisterial District Court, I would like to bring accountability, transparency, professionalism, and respect to this Court. I believe there is a chance to make a large impact in my community as well as to attempt to implement changes in the court itself that could help all Pennsylvanians receive a better, fairer judicial system.

What does an MDJ do?

A Magisterial District Judge handles small claims cases (under $12,000.00), landlord tenant cases, traffic citations, summary offenses, and emergency protection from abuse orders. He or she also issues arrest and search warrants and sets bail and rules on preliminary hearings for those charged with felonies and misdemeanor. These cases range from routine to quite serious and require a judge familiar with rules of procedure, evidence, and applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. …

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October 21st: Lunch with Bret Binder

What?
All are welcome to our Fall Lunch Fundraiser at The Marrshalton Inn with Bret Binder! Lunch will be included with your ticket purchase and you will get a chance to speak with Bret and our event co-hosts about why they believe he is the best candidate for Magisterial District Judge of #15-1-01.

Where?

The Marshalton Inn
1300 W. Strasburg Rd.
West Chester, PA 19382

When?
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

RSVP
Please click on “Purchase Tickets” here (at the bottom) to RSVP and buy your tickets for this event!
$30/ticket; $100/Silver Sponsor; $250/Gold Sponsor

DONATE
If you can’t make it on the 21st please consider still donating to Bret’s campaign. Simply click on this donate link or send a check made out to Bret Binder for MDJ to the address below.

Bret Binder for MDJ
Campaign Committee
350 E. Market St., 2nd Floor
West Chester, PA 19382
Manager@BretBinderForMDJ.Com
(484) 356-3862
http://bretbinderformdj.com/

West Chester’s Bruno faces primary challenge from Binder

[n.b. This MDJ race will be on the 5/16/17 primary ballot in WC wards 3, 6, and 7 as well as in East and West Bradford. Candidates can cross-file, and thus both candidates will be on the D and R ballots. For more on the endorsed Democrat, Bret Binder, see OUR CANDIDATES at CCDC.]

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 5/13/17

WEST CHESTER >> The two men seeking nomination to run for the position of magisterial district judge in West Chester and surrounding townships in Tuesday’s primary election are offering voters a choice between years of judicial experience and bold plans for new approaches to the court system.

Incumbent Mark Bruno points to his three terms on the bench and proven record of dispensing justice in the court as reason why he should be returned to office, while challenger Bret Binder proclaims that he would begin initiatives in the court that would reach out to workers, students, and veterans….

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Binder back on GOP ballot in MDJ race

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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New 3-Region Voting Plan Passed by WC Area School Board

Chester County School BusDespite some conservative opposition, a new 3-region voting plan passed tonight by the West Chester Area School Board (WCASB). With one director absent, the final vote is 6-2 in favor of the map below.

The Borough of West Chester (purple) is in the new Region 1, along with most of West Goshen. If approved by our courts, our local voters will have greater input in selecting board directors who represent us.

No longer will just a few municipalities —or one party— control school board elections. More importantly, communication between board directors and their constituents becomes closer and directors become more responsive to residents.

Although not a Democratic Party initiative, we think this is a progressive step by our current board directors. Join us in giving them our thanks by contacting the Board.

New West Chester Area School District Regional Map (click map to enlarge)

New West Chester Area School District Regional Map (click map to enlarge)

West Chester school board fills vacancy

By Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 12/17/13

WESTTOWN — The search to fill the vacancy on the West Chester Area School Board ended Monday evening as East Bradford resident Bret Binder was voted as the ninth and final school director.

The board was left short one member in early November after board member Karen Miller submitted her resignation letter, citing an immediate exit from the board for personal reasons.

After formally accepting the resignation in November, the board had 30 days to fill the position.

The board began its first seven candidate interviews last week and finished with the last two at its monthly meeting Monday evening at Bayard Rustin High School.

At the close of the application acceptance date, the district had received materials for 11 candidates, though two later removed their names.

At the conclusion of interviews, board members each selected their top three candidates. Those with the most votes were the finalists.

After tabulating the votes, Binder — along with Gary Bevilacqua and James Bady — were the finalists.

Board members conducted some discussion before a vote. Initial votes for Bevilacqua and Bady split 4-4.

On the third vote, Binder was selected by a margin of 5-3 with members Vince Murphy, Linda Raileanu and Maureen Snook dissenting.

Candidates were given eight questions to review and prepare for ahead of time and awarded 15 minutes to respond. …

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Cassandra Jones for Bret Binder

letter to West Chester Democrats

It is my honor and privilege to endorse Bret Binder, the Democratic Party candidate for State Representative in the 156th District. While Bret and I ran against one another in the Primary Election, we kept things civil, honest, and forthright, because that’s the only way Bret and I know how to live our lives. Although Bret won the primary, I did not lose heart, because I know Bret will make a fine State Representative.

Bret is a lifelong Pennsylvanian and Democrat, and he is committed to fighting for the people of the 156th District. For these reasons, I will be campaigning with Bret and knocking on doors leading up to the election on November 6th. Likewise, I hope that you will also join forces with Bret’s campaign.

This is an important election and a critical time for our country. While many of us may be focused on the presidential race, we must remember the impact of local elections. The recent budget cuts to public education and social services, attacks on women’s rights and on our civil liberties, and the environmental give-away of our Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits demonstrate the ways in which Harrisburg is failing to represent our best interests. This local election for State Representative is considered to be the most important House race in Pennsylvania. Consequently, Bret must win, and I am confident that he will win with the support of people like you.

Bret has pledged to protect women’s rights, and has spoken out strongly against the invasive ultrasound bill which his opponent co-sponsored. He is also committed to fighting against voter suppression laws that have been designed to disenfranchise minorities and the elderly voters.

As a product of Pennsylvania public schools, Bret is also a strong supporter of our public education system. In addition, he will sponsor legislation to protect the environment, ensuring that Marcellus Shale drillers give back to Pennsylvania through a fair severance tax and are held accountable for safe drilling practices. As a small business owner, Bret understands the importance of small businesses — they are the backbone of our local, state, and national economy. Bret understands the need to earn a sustainable and livable wage and is committed to helping Pennsylvanians get back to work. I know Bret to be a creative and intelligent thinker. It’s time to bring a problem solver to Harrisburg, a problem solver like Bret Binder.

Please visit Bret’s website at www.bretbinderforpa.com; visit and like Bret’s Facebook page through the website; or give the campaign a call at (610)-696-5904 to find out how you can help. And, most importantly, vote for Bret Binder on November 6th.

Sincerely,

Cassandra Jones,
Ward 2E Democratic Committeeperson

Binder tops Jones in 156th Democratic primary

by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 4/25/12

In a close primary, Bret Binder emerged as the nominated Democratic candidate for the 156th state representative district.

The 156th district is comprised of East Goshen, East Bradford, West Goshen and the West Chester Borough.

Binder defeated Cassandra Jones in the primary Tuesday by a tally of 1,251 votes to 1,114 for Jones.

The results are unofficial until certified by the Board of Elections.

“I’m thrilled,” Binder said. “It was a close race and I’m honored to represent the people of Chester County.”

Binder, 33, grew up in Lower Merion and is a resident of East Bradford. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in economics and went to Villanova Law School. He clerked for a few years with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and now has his own law practice in East Bradford. He also partly owns a dessert shop in Havertown and a bowling alley in Philadelphia.

“People are ready for change and I think I can be that change,” Binder said.

Binder’s campaign focused primarily on three big issues: education, the environment and the economy. He opposes the proposed budget cuts to education and said other areas must be looked into first.

As to the environment, Binder said the state must do a better job of controlling areas such as Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction.

Binder advocates a tax on the Marcellus Shale. Through the tax, the money raised could be given to education and the rest would be in a reserve fund.

Voter turnout in the district was described as low by both Republican and Democratic committeepersons. Democratic voters outnumbered Republicans in the borough almost 3 to 1 by some accounts, though East Goshen reported an opposite ratio.

Some pointed to the weather as a potential deterrent, though most chalked it up to just being an “apathetic” voting year.

Both Binder and Jones had their supporters, though some voters in the borough were reticent to discuss their decision.

“That’s my little secret,” revealed one voter from the second ward in the borough.

On a whole, Jones carried the borough vote by almost 70 percent, though Binder was strong in the other municipalities.

Jones, 55, has lived in West Chester since 1999 and has two daughters. She is serving her fifth year on Borough Council and her first as council vice president. She has worked for Cheyney University for the past seven years as a project manager and program director. Jones has also held positions in government that include involvement in the National League of Cities, the Human Development Committee and the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

Binder said it was when he clerked with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that he first became interested in running for office, having seen some the effects of poorly drafted legislation.

“I’m ready to take my skills, my passion, and my dedication to Harrisburg to do a better job,” Binder said.

Binder will now face incumbent state Rep. Dan Truitt, D-156th of East Goshen in the general election come November. Truitt won the Republican primary unopposed Tuesday.

Democrats Jones, Binder vie for 156th District nod


by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 4/17/12

 

Two candidates are vying to win the Democratic primary for the 156th District state House seat.

Cassandra Jones or Bret Binder will emerge April 25 to challenge incumbent state Rep. Dan Truitt, R-156th of East Goshen, in November.

Binder said his campaign is focused primarily on education, the environment and the economy. He opposes the proposed budget cuts to education and said other areas need to be addressed first.

As to the environment, Binder said the state must do a better job of controlling areas such as Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction.

“Texas and West Virginia tax around 5 to 6 percent, and they’re not considered to be unfriendly to big gas and oil,” Binder said. “We can certainly charge at least that amount or more.”

From the revenue raised through this tax, Binder said, he would give some to education and save the rest in a reserve fund.

Jones said her primary goal is restoring funding to education.

“I just think we are so off balanced and when you start to connect the dots from education to jobs or education to prison or education to poverty, it just doesn’t make sense to cut funding in those areas,” Jones said. “And if we’re going to cut funding, we better have a good plan on how we’re going to streamline our education process.”

Jones said her proven track record, experiences and involvement set her apart as a candidate.

As a borough councilwoman, Jones said, she has helped close a $1 million budget gap and build a $12 million parking garage. She said she has helped raise voter turnout and registration in the east part of the borough 40 percent.

Jones said she has voted in favor of the people most of the time and never for anything that would be a detriment to the community. Jones said she also prides herself in being a person who cares about the welfare of all people.

“When people know that you care, then they’ll listen to you because they care about what you know,” Jones said.

Binder said he first became interested in running from his time spent clerking Pennsylvania Supreme Court. There he would become frustrated at how unconstitutional and poorly drafted some of the laws were. He then decided he would like to actually be a part of writing the law better.

This legal background is what he says sets him apart from the other candidates and even the state house.

“I really do care about this, I have a true passion for it and I believe I can do better for Pennsylvanians,” Binder said. “I’ve been willing to put in the time, I love going out and knocking on doors.”

Binder, 33, grew up in Lower Merion and is a resident of East Bradford. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in economics and went to Villanova Law School. He clerked for a few years with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and now has his own law practice in East Bradford. He also partly owns a desert shop in Havertown and a bowling alley in Philadelphia.

Jones, 55, has lived in the West Chester Borough since 1999 and has two daughters. She is serving her fifth year on Borough Council and her first as council vice president. She has worked for Cheyney University for the past seven years as a project manager and program director. Jones has also held positions in government that include involvement in the National League of Cities, the Human Development Committee and the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

Democrats appeal for 156th District nomination

by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 4/16/12

Two hopefuls vying for the Democratic nomination for the state House 156th District seat squared off in a forum Sunday afternoon at borough hall.

Organized by the Chester County League of Women Voters, candidates Cassandra Jones and Bret Binder, both lifelong Democrats, took turns answering questions written by audience members.

Jones opened by highlighting the issues of education, jobs, health care and the environment, noting she believes the commonwealth can benefit from stronger policies in these matters.

“With my background in government, I believe I can deal with these issues immediately,” Jones said.

A borough resident, Jones just began her fifth year on Borough Council and serves as the council’s vice president.

Binder, who has a law firm in East Bradford in addition to having stakes in a bowling alley and dessert shops, said he understands the needs of small businesses and will focus on education and the environment. After law school, Binder clerked for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where he said he first became interested in running for office after having seen the effects of poorly drafted legislation.

“I’m ready to take my skills, my passion and my dedication to Harrisburg to do a better job,” he said.

A majority of the questions asked during the forum centered on education in the commonwealth. The candidates took turns responding to their opinions on vouchers, charter schools and budget cuts….

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