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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF BUCKS COUNTY
GENERAL ELECTION GUIDE
This non-partisan Voters' Guide was compiled by the League of Women Voters of Bucks County. The candidates listed are those whose names appear on the official ballot for the November 6th election as of September 24, 2001 according to the records of the Bucks County Board of Elections. They are listed according to their ballot order with the party of the governor given precedence. Nothing in this guide should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate.
The Voters' Guide listings are based entirely on material submitted by the candidates, who were asked to reply to questionnaires submitted to them by the League, and may not be altered or reprinted without the permission of the League. If a questionnaire was not returned by a candidate, the candidate's name appears with the statement "No response received." Although candidates signed a statement attesting to the truthfulness of their responses, the League of Women Voters and this newspaper are not responsible for the veracity and content of those replies. Each candidate's reply has been printed as submitted, and has not been edited for grammar except to use standard abbreviations in the interest of space. Candidates who responded with more than 50 words for their biographical information or more than 75 words for the issue question, have had their responses cut at the end of the sentence preceding the overrun followed by.
We suggest that you study the guide and choose the candidate for whom you wish to vote. You may take the Guide into the voting booth to help you.
The League of Women Voters is a national, non-partisan organization. Its purpose is "to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government." Membership is open to all citizens 18 or older.
ON-LINE VOTERS' GUIDE
Southampton
No response The Voters' Guide and other useful information for voters can be found on the League of Women Voters of Bucks County Homepage:
http://pa.lwv.org/bucksco

JUDGE OF COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
Job Description: Common Pleas Court hears civil and criminal cases in the county. Divisions also include Orphans Court, Juvenile Court, Family Court and Dependency Court.
Term: 10 years
Salary: $116,065

Retention question for incumbent judges in Court of Common Pleas — Bucks County
Vote YES or NO for each of the following:
Shall KENNETH G. BIEHN be retained for an additional term in Bucks County?
Shall R. BARRY MCANDREWS be retained for an additional term in Bucks County?
Shall JOHN J. RUFE be retained for an additional term in Bucks County?

Question for candidates: What is your vision for the administration of justice in Bucks County and what steps would you take to accomplish this?
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
ROBERT J. MELLON
Richboro
D.O.B.: 7/18/51
Education: Suffolk University of Law, 1977
Occupation: Trial Attorney, Mellon Webster & Mellon, Doylestown, PA
Qualifications: Experience is the single aspect of my career that makes me most qualified to serve as Judge. As the Governor's choice to fill an interim term as Judge, I handled criminal, civil and family court matters. Chosen by lawyers to mediate disputes.Response to question: The Court of Common Pleas is responsible for estate, family, civil and criminal cases. There are increasing demands on the court system in our growing county. This requires that a Judge be dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable. As a trial lawyer, law school teacher and Judge, I have the experience and have demonstrated these characteristics. Also, a Judge must have the temperament to control the courtroom and allow all parties a fair and impartial hearing.
DEMOCRAT
RONALD H. ELGART
New Hope
D.O.B.: 4/28/59
Education: Delaware/Widener Law School; Temple University; Central Bucks East
Occupation: Lawyer
Qualifications: Raised in Warrington Township, I make approximately 300 appearances in civil, criminal, domestic and Orphans' Court matters annually, serve the court as appointed counsel in Orphans' and criminal cases and practice before all state appellate courts. The most qualified candidate.
Response to question: From my years spent in the courtroom, I know that the solemn obligation of any court is to ensure fairness and protect its citizens. The Bucks County court system has no backlogs and is the envy of every other county in Pennsylvania. Rapid population growth threatens this status. My extensive experience in our courts and strong work ethic provide me with the tools and confidence to meet this and any future challenges.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Job description: The District Attorney is the chief criminal law enforcement officer and public prosecutor. He or she prepares and prosecutes all criminal cases and argues appeals in state appellate and federal courts.

Term: 4 years
Salary: $112,764.89
Question: What goals do you have for the District Attorney's office and what makes you the best candidate to fulfill these?
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
DIANE E. GIBBONS
Warminster
D.O.B.: 4/19/58
Education: Temple University, B.A., 1980; Temple University of Law, 1983
Occupation: Bucks County District Attorney
Qualifications: District Attorney, January 2000. Personally obtained 16 homicide convictions. Chief, Child Abuse; Chief, Major Crimes under Alan Rubenstein. Convicted drug dealers, sex offenders, armed robbers, kidnappers, corrupt politicians and corrupt police officers. Life-long Bucks County resident
Response to question: I have committed my entire career to law enforcement in Bucks County, prosecuting and supervising the prosecution of thousands of criminals. I was unanimously chosen District Attorney by the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, including three former District Attorneys - Judges Rubenstein, Kane and Biehn. As District Attorney I established a record of success convicting eighteen homicide defendants, major drug dealers and violent juveniles. I will continue to fight aggressively to protect our community.
DEMOCRAT
TERRY HOUCK
Chalfont
D.O.B.: 4/11/56
Education: LaSalle University, B.A.; Villanova University, M.A.; Temple University, J.D.
Occupation: Career Prosecutor
Qualifications: Philadelphia Police Department Veteran, 9 years; Bucks County Prosecutor, 14 years; Chief, Bucks Child Abuse Unit, 12 years. Personally argued for death penalty; won hundreds of criminal convictions. Implemented progressive forensic unit for sexual assault victims.
Response to question: As District Attorney, I will implement specialization in all areas of criminal investigation and prosecution; aggressively enforce all commonwealth criminal laws including the death penalty, and increase victim's services by providing a more compassionate court accompaniment program. I will accomplish my objectives by relying upon my diverse experiences as a police officer and Chief Deputy District Attorney. My history of leadership will restore the integrity and morale that has been missing under the current administration.

SHERIFF
Job description: The major function of the Sheriff's Office is to carry out orders of the courts in civil and criminal cases. He or she is charged with custody of all prisoners not on bail and after sentence delivers convicted persons to institutions to which they have been sentenced.
Term: 4 years
Salary: $59,950.80
Question: What makes you the best candidate for this office?
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
LAWRENCE R. MICHAELS
Bensalem
D.O.B.: 12/14/30
Education: High School 1949
Occupation: Law Enforcement
Qualifications: 45 years experience in Law Enforcement. Served for 25 years in Bensalem Township Police Department. Elected for 5 terms as Sheriff of Bucks County for a total of 20 years. Graduate of FBI National Academy.
Response to question: Lawrence R. Michaels has been the Bucks County Sheriff for 20 years. He has spent the last 45 years in law enforcement. The first 25 years were in the Bensalem Police Department where he rose through the ranks from patrolman to chief of police. Upon retirement he ran for sheriff and took office in 1982 and has served in that capacity since. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and The National Sheriffs' Academy.
DEMOCRAT
GLENN M. HARTZELL
Newtown
D.O.B.: 8/8/44
Education: B.A. History, Gettysburg College, 1966Occupation: Private Investigator
Qualifications: Thirty years as a criminal investigator with command experience in Federal law enforcement: Special Agent, US Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 1967-1971. Rose to rank of Captain; Inspector, US Treasury Department, 1971-1997. Manager-Investigations, CGU Insurance Company, 1997-1998.
Response to question: My law enforcement career mainly concerned the investigation of corruption, employee misconduct and workplace violence. I also performed executive protection duties involving Presidential candidates and foreign dignitaries. Having significant managerial experience in three arenas: the military, law enforcement, and private industry, I am particularly interested in workplace ethics. I will ensure that the Sheriff's Department adheres to uniform standards of conduct involving integrity issues such as conflict of interest, truthfulness in reporting, gifts and gratuities.

PROTHONOTARY
Job description: The Prothonotary is the clerk of the civil division of Common Pleas Court. He or she keeps records pertaining to all civil cases. The Prothonotary collects taxes on writs and other legal documents and maintains all records of naturalization of aliens and processes passport applications.
Term: 4 years
Salary: $59,950.80
Question: What makes you the best candidate for this office?
REPUBLICAN
PATRICIA L. BACHTLE
Newtown
D.O.B.: 11/7/39
Education: Gwynedd Mercy College, A.D.
Occupation: Prothonotary
Qualifications: Incumbent, 8 years as Prothonotary, 12 years, Director of TaxClaim Bureau, 23 years in County government overseeing budget process and governmental procedures. Member, Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries & Clerks of Court, Board Member, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Bucks County Chapter, Chairman, Bucks County Redevelopment Authority.
Response to question: I am the incumbent Prothonotary. I have 23 years of experience in County government. As Prothonotary I have established and expanded procedures to insure the efficiency of family and civil court, established evening hours for Passports, as well as extended hours in upper and lower government centers. I have reduced our staff, maintained efficiency and continue to insure our commitment to public service.
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATES
RECORDER OF DEEDS
Job description: All legal instruments in the county, including deeds, real estate transfers and agreements, mortgages, as well as state highway plans, charters, powers of attorney and subdivision plans are filed with the recorder of deeds.
Term: 4 years
Salary: $59,950.80
Question: What makes you the best candidate for this office?
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
EDWARD R. GUDKNECHT
Warrington
D.O.B.: 3/23/37
Education: Pennsylvania State University (Evening Division) Business Administration and Real Estate ProgramOccupation: Bucks County Recorder of Deeds Qualifications: President, Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association; President, Doylestown Area Jaycees; President, Association of Title Examiners; Member, National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks.
Response to question: I am the best candidate because of my vast experience and knowledge of the office. I am serving my 16th year as Recorder of Deeds after working in this office for 25 as a real estate title searcher. I am active in the Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association after serving as President of that organization in 1990-1991. I am also a member of many State, National & International Associations involving the functions of this office.
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATES

COUNTY CONTROLLER
Job description: The Controller gathers budget information, prescribes accounting systems to be used in county offices, approves all bills, audits books of all county officers and makes financial reports at the end of the year.
Term: 4 years
Salary: $59,950.80
Question: What makes you the best candidate for this office?
REPUBLICAN
RAYMOND F. MCHUGH
Southampton
D.O.B.: 9/18/55
Education: Doctor of Law, Emory University School of Law (1980); Bachelor of Arts, Gettysburg College (1977)Occupation: Bucks County Controller; AttorneyQualifications: Incumbent County Controller; Twenty years experience as trial attorney in Bucks County; Former Bucks County Deputy District Attorney; Adjunct Professor in Behavioral Sciences Department at Bucks County Community College.
Response to question: Since my appointment by Governor Ridge, I have faithfully and effectively performed the duties of the Office. My prior experience as chief prosecutor of a special investigative unit for the District Attorney's Office makes me uniquely qualified to review and audit the financial operations of all county departments and offices. My twenty years experience as an attorney in Bucks County qualifies me to sit on the retirement, salary, prison and juvenile detention facility boards.
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATES
JURY COMMISSIONER
Job description: The two Jury Commissioners, not of the same political party, annually prepare lists of qualified residents from which are drawn the names of persons for jury duty for the ensuing year.
Term: 4 years
Salary: $16,581.58
Question: What makes you the best candidate for this office?
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
MARGO J. HUNT
Doylestown
D.O.B.: 7/7/37
Education: Hatboro-Horsham High School, Hutchinson Jr. College
Occupation: Owner - D. & M. Transportation Associates Inc. I am a transportation broker for 21 years.Qualifications: Business owner with extensive communication and management skills. My stability in the community and my keen interest in public service make me uniquely qualified for this position.
Response to question: During the past forty years I have devoted much time to local, state and national organizations and have held many leadership positions. I have a deep commitment to community service. As jury commissioner I can draw from my knowledge of county government. My experience and interests will provide quality service to the Courts. This position demands a person who is available when needed to report to the Courthouse and I would handle this with ease.
DEMOCRAT
ROBERTA M. FOERST
Southampton
No response

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