The Montgomery County Democratic Committee (MCDC) announced its recommendations on Wednesday for candidates for Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in the 2013 election. A judicial screening committee has selected Steve Tolliver, of Cheltenham, and Gail Weilheimer, of Abington, as potential party candidates. The candidates are expected to be officially endorsed at the county's endorsement convention on Feb. 28.
Despite the recommendations, the MCDC welcomes all potential candidates to attend either the Feb 21. County Party Executive Committee meeting or the Feb. 28 convention to present their qualifications and request consideration for party endorsement.
"Time and again the process of appointing a screening committee to interview candidates has spelled success for our organization," Chairman Marcel Groen stated in a recent release about the recommendations. "The committee interviewed many well-qualified candidates for the two positions and I believe the screening committee's work was fair and deliberate."
According to the release, Tolliver, a 30-year veteran of the legal trade, has both criminal and civil trial experience in both state and federal court. He has served as both Regional Director of the National Bar Association and as a member of the Hearing Review Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Tolliver is currently a lawyer for Aetna Life Insurance Company.
Weilheimer is an experienced trial lawyer who began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, according to the MCDC. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Widener School of Law and as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Weilheimer is currently senior counsel for Wisler Pearlstine, LLP.
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