LETS MAKE THE DELAWARE VALLEY GREAT AGAIN!
Pete Smith - born and raised in Philadelphia and has lived in the Northeast since he was 5. At the age of 52, Pete and his wife Marybeth have 3-children and 3-grandchildren and reside in the Tacony neighborhood. Despite being both from the same neighborhood, Pete and MaryBeth did not meet until after high-school at a job they both worked at where they fell in love and have been married for over 32-years. Both of their Parents were staples in the Tacony Community, Where Pete’s father was a business owner of Tacony Tax and Real Estate and Mother was the branch Manager for years at Fidelity Federal. Marybeth’s Father was an area coach for years and her mother “Betty” was the crossing guard at Our Lady of Consolation for over 27 years.
Pete went to Tacony’s St. Leo’s and graduated from Father Judge High School, where he participated in both Swimming and Football and was part of the 1984 championship team. After starting a family Pete went back to School obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Prestigious Wharton Business School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Pete has always been very community active, from being a little league coach, volunteering for school activities and trips and community cleanups. Pete is a Co-Block Captain of his street and the founder of The Northeast Philly Block Captain Coalition. The Coalition was designed by Pete to help recruit Block Captains for the City. Although not an employee of the City, Pete feels that a strong community begins at the street level. “The more organized blocks you have creates a more organized neighborhood” His thought process is simple. Just don’t wave at your neighbors, go over and say hello. Pete also feels the more block captains communicating with each other helps with ongoing issues.
As Tacony Civic Association President, Pete and his board worked closely with the community and the Police to put initiatives together which increased police presence with vehicle, foot and bike patrols. These initiatives moved drug dealers and prostitutes off the avenue, opening the corridor for neighbors to return to shopping at those great businesses. Under his leadership, Pete was able to increase their fundraising efforts which resulted in the Civic Association to host a summer festival, multiple concerts and other events free for the community. His partnership with Dietz and Watson, not only benefitted the Civic, but also the Free Library of Tacony’s Winterfest and the City Reach Churches Back to School event. The Civic has also been able to donate to numerous charitable events in the neighborhood and have a standing offer to the 15th Police District to purchase two additional Bikes for qualified officers to use in the neighborhood.
Pete continues to build relationships with Business and Community Leaders as well as all Philadelphian’s. Pete will bring change to City Hall that is desperately needed to help bring back the city of Neighborhoods. Pete will focus on the wasteful spending, corruption and the mismanagement of city resources. Pete is Against Safe Injection Sites, and implementing real treatment for addicted members of the community. He is against the Sanctuary City Status and thinks the soda tax has caused more harm than god, and will introduce legislation to repeal it. He is also for term limits for City Council Members.
Nancy Quinn Marsden- Candidate for Prothonotary of Montgomery County. A Graduate of DeSales University formally known as Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales. She started a career in Title Insurance over 23 years ago. Started by typing legal descriptions and has worked her way up to executive management. Worked in Local politics for the last 5 years, once running to try and earn a spot on an all democratic school board. Recently elected as municipal chair of Upper Dublin Republicans she is running several campaigns including her own. She lives in Upper Dublin with her husband and 2 kids.
Vicki Lightcap- Candidate for Recorder of Deeds. Vicki is not only a resident of Pennsburg but also the first female Mayor. Vicki has worked in Finance and as a CFO/Principal of a manufacturing company. Vicki is the Chair of the Upper Perkiomen Domestic Violence Task Force, Lioness club, Perkiomen Rotary and the Business and Professional Woman’s club. These are just a few of Vicki’s activities, as she has also served on her local school board and created a before and after care for children in her school district. Vicki has 3 grown children and lives with her husband Keith.
GARY GAMBARDELLA - BUCKS COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CANDIDATE
Gary is a Veteran Prosecutor and a twice–elected District Judge from Upper Bucks County. Of the 10 candidates who are seeking a Common Pleas position in this year, Judge Gambardella is the only former prosecutor who has gained the confidence of our law enforcement to serve as a Common Pleas Judge by being endorsed by two Fraternal Order of Police Lodges.
The Common Pleas judgeship is a TRIAL court position. Gary is a proven, successful trial attorney. Gary was hired by District Attorney Alan Rubenstein. In his 21 years in the DA’s Office, Gary prosecuted over 100 jury trials, including four capital murders. In fact, Gary Gambardella has prosecuted more Bucks County jury trials than all of the other nine judicial candidates COMBINED.
Gary Gambardella is also the only candidate who already has actual judicial experience. He has demonstrated that he is committed to following the law. He firmly believes that judges should never “legislate from the bench” and he never will. Judge Gambardella has a well-deserved reputation of being a fair and impartial judge. Everyone in his courtroom gets treated with respect. Judge Gambardella knows how to run a courtroom. Most importantly, he has been a staunch defender of our Constitutional rights, including your Second Amendment rights.
The proud father of two sons, Gary is grateful for the blessing and miracle of birth and for the joys our children provide us everyday. His career experiences and his own personal life events also have made him keenly aware of the fragile nature of life. He has spent decades confronting and punishing evil-doers who prey on many aspects of our society – our homes and schools, our young and our elderly. He has provided justice to innocent victims of violent crimes. As a Veteran Prosecutor, Gary Gambardella has put drug-dealers and child predators behind bars and murderers on death row. As a twice-elected District Judge, he has ordered rehabilitation treatment for addicts of the Opioid Epidemic while incarcerating the dangerous drug-traffickers who are literally exchanging the lives of our children for “blood money” to line their pockets. As both a Prosecutor and as a Judge, Gary Gambardella has been thanked numerous times by parents for saving the lives of their children. No candidate has his trial experience and he is the only candidate with any judicial experience.
Throughout his career, Gary Gambardella has enjoyed a stellar reputation. Former DA Diane Gibbons said of Gary: “he’s a great prosecutor and an excellent lawyer” and “a complete professional.” He has been recognized for his judicial service by the Palisades School District. His alumni association has honored him as a “Distinguished Graduate.”
Gary Gambardella is the only sitting prosecutor ever elected to serve as President of the Bucks County Bar Association in its entire history. He used his tenure to focus on honoring and aiding our military. Gary, who is the son of an Air Force Veteran, initiated a program in which the county’s bar provided free legal assistance to Bucks County’s military families. The program was a huge success and even received recognition from President Bush. In his first District Judge election, his appreciation of our military was rewarded by endorsements from retired Marine Colonel Tom Manion, the Chairman Emeritus of the Travis Manion Foundation, and retired Army Captain David Christian, one of the most highly-decorated Veterans of the Vietnam War. As a District Judge, Gary has been repeatedly honored when our military has specifically requested that he officiate their weddings. Gary and the military have a deep and special bond.
In addition to being a loyal supporter our military families and Veterans, Gary Gambardella has a keen interest in helping others in our community. He has conducted fraud prevention seminars for seniors, he has served as a judge in student mock trial competitions and he has been a coach for youth baseball. Gary has worked closely with our school officials to keep our kids in school, off of drugs and on the right track. He has also received praise from animal rights advocates for his zealous application of the laws which protect our cherished animal population.
There will be few decisions you, the voters, will make this election year that will be as important as who becomes a Common Pleas Judge. For that reason, we are asking you to VOTE AS IF A CHILD’S LIFE DEPENDS UPON IT…BECAUSE IT DOES.
Tracy Moss-Carfagno – candidate for Clerk of Courts is a resident of Horsham, with her husband of eight years, Russell. She is a graduate of Temple Ambler with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Legal Studies. She has over 30 years of experience in Insurance, Risk, Claims and Legal Management. She has been an Officer for many Charities/Organizations/Boards. She loves to have fundraisers for Toys for Tots, and shares in the joy of her husband’s three adult children and 2 granddaughters.