Court of Common Pleas Endorsed Candidates
In 2019, there are 4 open seats on the 21-judge bench of the Court of Common Pleas. Currently that bench is entirely Republican. In 2017, Delco’s Democratic candidate came within 1 percentage point of placing a single Democrat on the court. That was with just one seat open. With four seats open this time around, 2019 can be our history-making year. Below are the candidates endorsed by the Delaware County Democratic Committee:
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 was the sole Democratic candidate for Court of Common Pleas in 2017, winning more votes than any prior Democratic candidate running for that judgeship. Eckel 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.
Stephanie Klein: Magisterial District Judge for Media, Nether Providence, and Swarthmore for 18 years (1995-2013), she was the first woman and the first Democrat elected to that post and was re-elected twice. Currently a mediator and arbitrator in civil matters with ADR Options, Klein worked for Legal Aid in Maryland on cases involving veterans’ rights, unemployment and Social Security disability benefits. She also ran the pro bono program at Legal Aid in Chester. She currently chairs the Pro Bono Committee and co-chairs the Women in the Law Committee for the Delco Bar Assoc. and is a board member of Legal Aid of Southeastern PA. A graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a law degree (Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.) she lives in Nether Providence with her husband, David, and has two adult daughters.
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.
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.