It is always interesting to see how candidates act when they are out among the great unwashed. I was on my way to work one morning recently when a candidate and two volunteers were handing out campaign flyers. It is early in the season for train station stops. One other thing that sparked my interest was the low-key and earnest demeanor of the volunteers. Some people can get a little pushy when distributing brochures but these folks were not. I approached one to see what the race du jour was and walked away reading the flyer. I passed a woman holding another stack of flyers, and realized she was the candidate.
Beverly Muldrow is running for judge of the court of common pleas in Philadelphia. We talked for a minute or two. You can’t get a good sense of a person from such a short conversation but you can develop a first impression, which hopefully can be confirmed with further observation or greater acquaintance. My first impression of Ms. Muldrow was a positive one. She answered my questions without hesitation or noticeable artifice. I asked them as neutrally as possible to see what she would say and was pleased with her responses. Just on a purely personal note, she was wearing a very elegant coat. That coat would have swallowed me up. She carried it off with aplomb.
In the intervening days I have looked into Ms. Muldrow and did some spot checking of the resume items listed on the campaign flyer. So far everything checks out and everything I have read about her is positive. Some of the court cases she worked on as an ADA were heartbreaking and the newspaper articles I read led me to believe she had worked hard on them. Many of these cases were heard in the court of common pleas so she is familiar with how it works and would, I think, be a good judge there. Two years ago she ran for Municipal Court Judge and had a weighty list of endorsements including the FOP and my fellow blogger at A Smoke-Filled Room, both of whose good opinion are not easily earned.
Ms. Muldrow’s credentials as listed on her flyer are as follows:
Former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney for 10 years – convicted child molesters
Former Regional Counsel – U.S. Environmental Protection – instructed agency lawyers on trial and negotiating skills
Former Corporate Counsel for major corporations – 7 years
Adjunct Professor, Philadelphia Community College
Serves are Arbitrator and Hearing Officer
Attorney on dependent, delinquent and adult criminal matters
Mentor, Philadelphia Futures – assist inner city youth to attend college
Speaker – Rhodes Leadership High School
Member – Community College of Philadelphia Minority Fellow Council
Past President of Women Lawyers Division of National Bar Association
Presenter on Environmental justice issues for NAACP and City of Philadelphia
I hope to have other opportunities to see and talk with Ms. Muldrow and encourage you to take an interest in the judicial races.