Bucks County Democrats announce endorsements

The Bucks County Democratic Committee held its annual endorsement meeting at Klinger Middle School in Southampton and endorsed its 2011 slate of county row officer candidates as well as county and state judicial candidates.The credentials committee certified the attendance of 216 members of the committee (well in excess of the quorum requirement). All the endorsements were unanimous and with no objections.“The Democratic Party in Bucks County has put together a highly qualified ticket comprised of individuals with exceptional professional accomplishments appropriate to the offices they seek,” said Bucks County Democratic Committee Chairman John F. Cordsico. “The voters will be able to look at the skills and qualifications of these men and women and know that they will be capable stewards of the various departments that intend to lead. We look forward to making the case to the voters that it is time for Democrats to win the commissioner majority and to lead in Bucks County.”County CommissionerDiane M. Ellis-Marseglia, L.C.S.W. — Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia was elected to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners in Nov. 2007, and was sworn in on Jan. 7, 2008. She is a lifelong resident of Bucks County and now resides in Middletown Township, where she served her community on both the Neshaminy School Board and the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors. Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia advocates for responsive government that supports healthy families. She has served as chairwoman of the Youth Aid Panel, coordinator of the Teen Task Force and is a member of the Neshaminy Suicide Task Force. Recognized as a fiscal watchdog, Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia will assure taxpayers that their dollars will be spent on achievable, visible results. Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, (sociology, criminal justice), and earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Middletown.County CommissionerDet Ansinn — Det Ansinn is a graduate of Central Bucks West High School and Drexel University. Ansinn was elected to Doylestown Borough Council in 2005 and became Doylestown Borough council president in 2008. In addition to his role as council president, Ansinn is also past president of the Bucks County Free Library and currently sits on the Bucks County Open Space Review Board. Ansinn has founded several successful technology companies creating well-paying jobs within our local community. He is currently the president of Brick Simple, a technology company specializing in mobile and web-based software development for mobile, staffing, industrial, as well as public safety and criminal justice applications. Ansinn and his family live in Doylestown.Clerk of CourtsMary A. Whitesell — Mary Whitesell is a certified paralegal and holds an AAS in legal secretary. She also has provided administrative leadership to senior corporate officers, offices of corporate services and general counsel. She has held responsibility for helping implement Total Quality Management (TQM) and ISO-9000 Certified work environments in multiple domestic and international cost centers. her expertise includes the preparation of corporate records; various types of litigation and legal matters, the review and preparation of legal documents, and she has managed department financials and reporting. Whitesell lives with her family in Coopersburg and also holds a real estate license and is a notary public.Register of WillsDonna M. Caracappa — Donna Caracappa brings 25 years of municipal administrative and finance experience to the race for Register of Wills. She previously worked in the courthouse as tax administrator for the County of Bucks, where she was responsible for the daily reconciliation of all real estate tax accounts and managed the county’s elected tax collectors. She is currently the elected tax collector in Penndel and previously was Penndel borough’s municipal manager and Middletown Township’s finance director. She is also branch service representative for the Police and fire Federal Credit Union and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Employees’ Credit Union. Caracappa lives with her family in Penndel.County TreasurerTom Kearns — Tom Kearns is a certified tax collector who served as Middletown Township tax collector from 2006-2009. Previously Kearns served as a Middletown supervisor from 1983 until 1989 and was the board’s elected chair for four years. He also founded the Middletown Environmental Advisory Council. A graduate of West Chester University, he holds a master’s degree in public administration. Kearns and his family reside in Langhorne.CoronerUmar Farooq, M.D., C.M.D. — Dr. Farooq is a board certified doctor of internal medicine and also a certified medical director. He is a primary care physician specializing in internal medicine with a private practice in Bensalem. Dr. Farooq is also a clinical adjunct associate professor at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science as well as preceptor for medical students and medical residents at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Farooq and his family live in Bensalem.Common Pleas Court JudgeJAMES Mcmaster — James McMaster is a Common Pleas Court Judge in Bucks County appointed by Gov. Rendell and confirmed by the PA Senate last fall to fill a vacancy on the Bucks County bench. Judge McMaster attended Assumption Elementary School in Feasterville and graduated from Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster in 1971. He received his B.A. from Penn State in 1974 and was awarded his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in Camden in 1977. He engaged in the private practice of law in Newtown for 33 years prior to being appointed a Judge by Governor Rendell in Oct. 2010. Previously he served as Solicitor for the Bensalem Township School District, Special Counsel for West Vincent Township, Solicitor for the Phoenixville Regional planning Committee and Pennsylvania General Counsel for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. He handled legal work as outside counsel for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). He also represented many individuals and small businesses. Judge McMaster served on the Lower Southampton Township planning Commission in 1975 and was the elected Township Auditor for Lower Southampton Township from 1976 to 1979. He served on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority for three years. He served on the Bensalem Township School Board for ten years including three terms as Board President. He served on the Board of the Bucks County Technical High School for eight years. He also served on the Board of the Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit for six years including serving as Vice President for one year and President for four and a half years. He previously served as President of the Bensalem Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce. Judge McMaster currently serves as the President of the Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit Art Education Trust. He served on the Business Partners Advisory Board for the James Michener Art Museum in Doylestown from 2005 to 2010. He is a member of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Bar Association.

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