The campaign has collected over 2,500 petition signatures, the minimum requirement to reach ballot access. Volunteers will continue spreading awareness for the Jules for Judge campaign and collecting even more signatures to ensure that Pennsylvanian voters will have the opportunity to vote for him.
Read more on how this campaign reached it's first major milestone, including details from the Our Revolution SE endorsement.
UPPER DUBLIN, PA -
Jules Mermelstein, Green Party candidate for Superior Court Judge, recently announced that his campaign had collected over 2,500 signatures, the minimum number required to place him on the ballot in the general election in November!Campaign volunteers will continue collecting signatures throughout the month of July to continue spreading the word about their candidate, a former Township Commissioner in Montgomery County who was nominated for statewide office by the Green Party of PA in January and endorsed by the Our Revolution - SE Pennsylvania Chapter in April. Randy Bartlett, chair of the local Our Revolution chapter claims that the choice to endorse Mermelstein was an easy one, saying:
"We found Mr. Mermelstein to be knowledgeable about the law and to agree with us on the important issues: money in politics, pollution/environment, wealth inequality, healthcare, civil rights, foreign policy, education, trade, and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. The vote was unanimous."
Mermelstein, who has worked as both an attorney and as a high school civics teacher, spent almost 20 years as an elected township official. As a candidate who is not a member of either major party, he says he will bring much-needed nonpartisan integrity to a judicial system that has been plagued by corruption. He says,
"With four available seats on the Superior Court this year, Pennsylvania voters should reserve one of their votes on the basis of integrity, not party affiliation. When voters cast their votes only according to party lines, it results in corruption to our justice system. We have witnessed three Supreme Court justices (one Democrat, two Republicans) resigning in scandal, one Democratic and one Republican Attorney General ending up in jail, two Democratic judges caught selling 'kids for cash', and a Democratic District Attorney in Philadelphia pled guilty and resigned today. Meanwhile, I have served five terms in local office with no scandal, my wife and I have taught Sunday School to teens for two decades, and I've been a member of the bar for over 30 years with not one disciplinary complaint lodged against me."
The Green Party of PA earned minor political party status last November, when their two statewide candidates both earned more than 2% of the vote -- twice as many as their presidential candidate secured. Energized by this success, the party formed a regional network called Green Wave, which is supporting candidates for local office in elections across the state. According to Green Wave co-chair Jenny Isaacs, increasing discontent with the two major parties has brought out more Green candidates than ever before -- and is sure to give a boost to Mermelstein's campaign as well.
The Jules for Judge campaign has volunteers -- Green and all others welcome -- collecting ballot access signatures all over the state, and Mermelstein himself has been traveling tirelessly since his candidacy was announced. Be sure to check the Jules for Judge calendar for when the campaign will be in your area. On July 4th he is slated to appear in two parades in Montgomery County; volunteers and Green Party members will be seen in the Oreland parade at 10 am and in Glenside at 4 pm.