Beth was born in the Crafton neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and soon after her family moved into the Quaker Valley School District where she graduated. Her son Ben also followed in his mother's footsteps, graduating from Quaker Valley in 2011. Beth and her husband still reside in the district with her aging parents. Beth jokes that when her sons went out the backdoor, her parents came in through the front door - and she wouldn’t want it any other way! In true servant-leader fashion, Beth has dedicated the majority of her adult life to caring and advocating for other people.
With over 30 years of trial experience, Beth understands the difference good, experienced judges make. Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas are already backlogged. That could mean someone sitting in jail waiting for their day in court. That person could lose their job and stability for their family -- they don’t have time to wait for a judge to learn on the job. Right now, we need judges who already understand procedure and rules, who are ready to work on day 1 to move these cases along. We must elect qualified judges who are committed to making a difference - Beth will be ready to work on Day 1
The role of Judges in the Court is not just to preside over criminal and family matters. Judges are often in a position where they have to decide many different issues that affect you. These issues include and are not limited to: how schools receive their funding and for what, whether laws passed to curtail citizens’ rights are constitutional, whether public sector workers have the right to collectively bargain, LGBTQ equality, including the right to marry, whether the mail-in voting statute violated when the voter failed to date their ballot. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Courts matter and the Judges elected to the Court matters.
As a woman, I am keenly aware of the progress women have made over the years. The passing of title IX benefited me. I attended college on a full women’s basketball scholarship. I am always mindful of the fact that my grandmothers were born without the right to vote. I raised my sons as a single mother. Women have rights.
As a judge, I will respect and comply with the law. I will act at all times to promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. I will not allow family, social, political, financial, or other relationships to influence judicial conduct or judgment.