Biographical Information on Dems Seeking Judicial Seats on Court of Common Pleas

No Democrat has ever been elected to the Delco Court of Common Pleas. In 2019, there are 4 open seats on that court’s 21-judge bench.  Two years ago, Delco’s Democratic candidate, Kelly Eckel, came within 1 percentage point of placing our first Democrat on the court.  That was with just one seat open.  With four bites at the apple this time around, 2019 can be our history-making year to put not one but FOUR Democrats on the Court of Common Pleas.

Kelly Eckel:  A partner at the Duane Morris LLP law firm in Philadelphia, Eckel specializes in civil matters.  Since being selected to serve as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in 2010, much of her legal practice has involved serving as a private judge in range of civil disputes.  She has a BA from Harvard University, a law degree from Temple Law School, and clerked for a federal judge before joining Duane Morris 20 years ago.  A resident of Upper Providence Township, Eckel and her husband swim with the U.S. Masters Swimming Organization, she has served on the board of Newtown Square’s Suburban Seahawks Swim Club, and both of her teenage daughters are competitive swimmers. She was the Democratic candidate for Court of Common Pleas in 2017, winning more votes than any prior Democratic candidate running for that judgeship.   Campaign website. Facebook page.

Stephanie Klein: Magisterial District Judge for Media, Nether Providence, and Swarthmore for 18 years (1995-2013), she was the first woman and the first Democratic elected to that post and was re-elected twice in a Republican majority district.  Currently a mediator and arbitrator in civil matters with ADR Options, Klein is experienced with cases involving veterans’ benefits, unemployment and Social Security benefits, tenant rights, the homeless, and domestic violence.  She reorganized the Delco Legal Assistance program in the city of Chester, chairs the Pro Bono Committee and co-chairs the Women in the Law Committee for the Delaware County Bar Assoc., and sits on the board of Legal Aid of Southeast PA.  A graduate of SUNY-Binghamton with a law degree from the Washington College of Law, American University in Washington, D.C., she lives in Nether Providence with her husband, David Landau, and their two adult daughters.  Campaign website. Facebook page.

Rick Lowe: Swarthmore’s first Democratic mayor, 2010-2014, and Swarthmore Borough Solicitor, 1997-2000, Lowe now resides in Middletown Township.  He has served on Committee for the MidCounty Democrats, has been an Election Protection lawyer for years, and has helped lead the Credentials Committee at recent Delco Dems nominating conventions.  With a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from New York University, Lowe  is a partner at the Duane Morris LLP law firm in Philadelphia where he specializes in construction matters.  He sits on the Board of the American College of Construction Lawyers and has served on its Diversity Committee.  As a volunteer at SCI Phoenix maximum security prison, Lowe has designed and taught a course on the U.S. Constitution and is currently the outside liaison for inmates seeking legislation seeking parole eligibility for “lifers.”  Rick lives with his wife Margie McAboy.  His two daughters both work in Pennsylvania on transportation issues. Campaign website. Facebook page.

Nusrat Rashid: An attorney in her own practice in the City of Chester, Rashid specializes in criminal and family law.  After clerking for a judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County and working as an associate in two different law firms for a dozen years, she opened The Rashid Firm in 2010, representing both private and court-appointed clients in court. Rashid has served as acting Zoning Solicitor for Chester Township. She grew up in York, PA., earned a B.A. at Swarthmore College and graduated from Temple University School of Law.  Rashid has been on the board of her neighborhood civic association, supervised a college scholarship program, and worked with the Delaware County Bar Association on its outreach program in the Chester public schools.  She is a widow, the mother of three children, aged 10-20, and lives in Chester Township. Campaign Website. Facebook page.