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Find Your Brown Paper Bag

Find Your Brown Paper Bag

When I was in my 20s and my grandfather in his 90s, I would visit his apartment on Saturdays and listen to him talk about life, politics, and business. One of his business lessons was about brown paper bags.  My grandfather had hobbled into the kitchen and brought back a brown paper grocery bag, a ubiquitous but relatively useless item at that time.  He then proceeded to undo the seams of the bag with his shaky hands. When he was done, he put the resulting large piece of paper on the floor.  He yelled excitedly only as an old man can, “Look at that! There’s got to be money in there!”  

For years I tried unsuccessfully to come up with something to make with brown paper bags.  His lesson never left me though.  If there is something that we throw away in large quantities, you just have to come up with a use for it.  If you come up with a use for it, then you can get your material largely for free.  

Years later, after my grandfather passed away, I was in my sister’s garden.  Her raised gardens beds utilized anything that she could find.  A brick on the side of the road.  An old license plate.  On one occasion there was a beautiful, large, flat polished stone lying next to the garden. My brother-in-law told me it was a piece of granite countertop to make raised beds, found in a dumpster at the granite counter place.  My response: “They throw that away!?”  He said, “Yeah, there’s a lot of it.”  

I found my brown paper bag.

Soon thereafter I started a company recycling granite waste.  Granite companies throw 25-40% of each slab in a dumpster.  They then pay to have the waste hauled away to a landfill.  I reduced their overhead by picking up their waste granite and turned the waste into pavers, veneers, and fire pits.  I built the company up and sold it after a few years.  An idea that grew from too many brown paper bags.  

June is PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month

June is #PTSDAwarenessMonth. PTSD can impact our veterans, our first responders, our health care workers, assault and abuse survivors, and anyone else who has suffered a trauma.

In addition to mental health and treatment courts which can address PTSD-related issues, our county also has a veterans’ court designed to “provide treatment, compassion, hope and legal assistance to combat veterans struggling in the criminal justice system by utilizing a problem-solving approach for processing those cases.”

The judicial system can help those suffering from PTSD find hope and healing, and as an MDJ, I would work to identify those needing this assistance. For more info on PTSD. For more info on our local veterans’ court

Thank You!

Thank You!

I am pleased to announce that with over 98% of the votes counted, I have won the Democratic primary for District Judge, Court 15-1-01, by 7 percentage points! I would like to thank my campaign team and volunteers from all over our district for making this possible. My family has been with me every step of this journey; their support means everything to me. I’d also like to thank the poll workers and everyone who voted yesterday; participating in every election is vital to making our Democratic processes work! I wish my opponent the very best in his future endeavors. I look forward to continuing to meet and listen to voters along the campaign trail as we move toward the November election!

See You at the Polls

See You at the Polls

The road from winning the county’s endorsement in February to the day before voters head to the polls has been a rewarding one! I’ve spoken to thousands of voters, and listened to what they expect of a District Judge. If elected, I pledge to be the unbiased, ethical, empathetic judge our community deserves. I would continue to volunteer and serve our community through Wills for Heroes and Access to Justice and use my position to address mental health and addiction issues so individuals can get the help they need.

I am proud to have run a clean, truthful campaign that has focused on these issues and treated this office with dignity and respect. Thank you to everyone who has made calls and knocked doors beside me, and to all the volunteers who will be working at the polls tomorrow! And if you haven’t already voted, I humbly ask for your support. Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm and I hope to see you there!

Your Vote is Your Voice on November 2nd – Use It!

Your Vote is Your Voice on November 2nd – Use It!

Only about 50-60% of registered voters actually vote in Presidential elections.  

The numbers for municipal elections are even lower. Some cities report as low as 6% of eligible voter turnout in municipal elections. So, why is it important to vote in local elections? 

  • Local government affects many aspects of everyday life. Local elections determine who is running the place you call home. You want to make sure you have a say in who has these incredible responsibilities to ensure the best possible life for you and your neighbors. Your May 18th primary ballot includes mayors, school board directors, council members, and judges.  The judges we elect can decide on sentences for some crimes and violations.  If elected District Judge of Court 15-101, I would work to develop addiction recognition training and a program to help identify high-risk individuals and get them into treatment sooner. Treatment reduces recidivism and keeps our communities safer.  I also look forward to the privilege of performing weddings for all, regardless of sexual orientation.  
  •  It can help build relationships in the federal and state government. There are certain issues that can be further addressed by state and federal officials. Such topics include minimum wage, climate change, international affairs, and budget concerns. You want to make sure that when the people of your municipality want something addressed, your local representatives will communicate your message to the appropriate person. Whether it’s your state and federal senators, your representative in the house, the governor, state supreme court, or treasurer, your local officials will be the ones building long term connections with them. You want to make sure the people you elect will foster good relationships with their colleagues to ensure your voice is heard and action is taken.
  • Your vote is your voice. Many of today’s voters would have simply not been allowed to vote when this country was founded. At that time, it was only white, land-owning males that were able to vote. If you’re a woman, a person of color, or a renter, your right to vote was fought for by those who came before us. Now, all citizens over the age of 18 have the power to affect change on a local level. Our democracy will only serve everyone if everyone votes. 
Marc J. Lieberman for Judge

Important Election Info:

  • Need to register to vote? The deadline to register to vote for the October 18th election is November 2nd. That is also the deadline for changing your name, party, or address. 
  • There are four ways to register to vote:  
  • The last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot is October 25th. Click here for an application. Your ballot must be enclosed and sealed in the inner secrecy envelope that indicates “official election ballot” or it will not be counted.
  •  Absentee and Mail-in Ballots must be received by 8 pm on election day at your county board of elections. 
  • Not sure who to vote for? Visit the Chester County Democratic Committee’s website to learn more about local candidates and initiatives. 

Endorsements

Endorsements

I am honored to receive endorsements from Democratic leaders throughout Chester County.

Additional Endorsements

  • West Bradford Township Supervisor Kevin Houghton
  • West Chester Committeeperson and CCDC Assistant Solicitor, Jon Long  

Mail-in Ballot Application Deadline 10/26

Mail-in Ballot Application Deadline 10/26

From VotesPA:

  • October 26, 2021 at 5 pm – APPLICATIONS for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board
  • In Pennsylvania, you have two options for mail ballots.
    • Mail-in ballot – Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.
    • Absentee ballot – If you plan to be out of the municipality on election day or if you have a disability or illness that prevents you from going to your polling place on election day, you can request this ballot type, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.

In order to request either ballot type, you must be registered to vote.  Check Your Registration Status to review your registration information.

Last day to REGISTER for the fall election – 10/18

Last day to REGISTER for the fall election – 10/18

From Votes PA:

  • Check your voter registration status here.
  • Deadline Alert: 10/18/2021 is the last day to register before the 11/02/2021 election.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen and a resident of Pennsylvania at least 30 days before the next election, you CANNOT register to vote.
  • If you have any questions, please call 1.877.VOTESPA (1.877.868.3772).
  • Click here for a voter registration application. 

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