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Bucks County Prothonotary

The office of the Prothonotary is the Clerk of the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas. This elected row officer has administrative control over and responsibility for all official documents and records of the civil and family divisions.source: https://buckscounty.org/government/RowOfficers/Prothonotary

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    Coleen Christian
    (Rep)

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    Judi Reiss
    (Dem)

Información Biográfica

Why are you running for this office?

Beyond your education and experience listed above, What makes you particularly qualified to perform the duties of this office?

Experience Former Upper Makefield Supervisor, Past Member of the Economic Re-development Commission for the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Best Selling Author, Designer & Historian. Guest Lecturer at The Smithsonian.
Education Villanova University, BA Political Science Villanova University, BA Honors English Harvard University, Certified in Urban Planning New York University studies in film
Email address coleenchris@hotmail.com
Campaign Phone (973) 767-9834
Born and raised in Bucks County, I have a strong love of community and belief in public service. Since I was a young teenager, I have actively participated in Elections and political outreach, with a focus on Veterans issues. As a mother of three, including a son serving in the US Army, I am running to serve my community and actively advance and protect the ideals I believe in: fiscal responsibility, office efficiency and respect for the taxpayer.
The Office of Prothonotary is an administrative position in the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Prothonotary handles all the filings in the Civil and Family Division of the Court. I have extensive experience in project management, which will save the taxpayer dollars through modernization of the Prothonotary’s Office. I have excellent communication and management skills, having supervised teams of people on tight deadlines on high profile design projects, including The White House, the PA Governor’s Mansion and the Bucks County Visitor’s Center. I am detailed oriented, practical and am proud of my common sense. I will put an emphasis on Customer Service, Efficiency and Modernization.
Experience Bucks County Prothonotary from 2018 Lower Makefield Township Supervisor Teacher and HOTS Coordinator, Trenton Public Schools Marketing Director, Stark & Stark
Education BBA. University of Georgia MSEd. University of Georgia
Email address Judi969@verizon.net
Campaign Phone (914) 469-4076
Twitter @JudiReiss
I want to continue the modernization process I have begun and continue to serve Bucks County. I have shown the leadership and management skills to have your Court system open and available even under great obstacles. In January of 2020, I heard a newscaster mention a very infectious and easily spread new disease that seemed to be moving into SE Asia and Europe. I made a few calls to my own network of medical experts. I asked the simple question: "Can it come here?" When the answer was "yes," I worked with my staff to put an emergency plan together. It took a group effort, and when the call came late on a Friday evening in March 2020, the Prothonotary could answer, "We are ready."

The Prothonotary's Office did not close a single day and kept normal hours during the pandemic. Why is this important? People's lives did not stop. We needed to be there for those needing Court Protection as well as those needing legal relief. We did not even close during a snowstorm this winter.
On September 11, 2001, I learned the value of community. We lost our son, Joshua, and the Bucks community was there for my family. I had always volunteered in serving as I had been brought up to make my home and community better from my being here. Over the years I have been a Cub Scout leader, class mother, delivered Meals on Wheels, served on the Board of Abrams Hebrew Academy, and Quilts for Kids. I am currently a Board member of Congregation Beth El. As a parent of 5, I have worked with many families throughout the county.

As a 46 year Lower Makefield resident, I became involved with the building of the Garden of Reflection as well as the ceremonies held each year. I was a member of Environmental Advisory Council and then was elected Supervisor. As township treasurer, I was careful in checking invoices and seeing how and where taxpayer dollars were spent.

I know how to work to provide the Courts and the public with the best practices in a financially responsible manner.