Among the six candidates vying for a position as County Judge is Jessica VanderKam. Her aim is to bring a mother’s perspective to court system which handles family-related cases.
VanderKam says she’s been out on the campaign trail every day since July 1. Whether it’s door knocking, attending meet and greets, or going to activist group events, VanderKam is busy doing something.
The family court attorney, a partner at Stuckert and Yates, also has an excited helper; her son Harrison, 4, goes with her to different events. He especially loves going door-to-door to meet new people.
“It’s really important to have judges with the right experience and temperament sitting on the bench making those decisions. The job is a tough one,” VanderKam said. She said with a backlog of more than 10,000 cases in family court in Bucks County, it’s hard for the limited number of judges.
“It’s a very bureaucratic court system because of the back log and different factors. One way to fix that is put people in who really want to make a difference.”
On Langhorne Harvest Day, VanderKam was campaigning at a tent on W. Maple Ave with Langhorne Blue. The organization’s goal is to get constituents to vote for Democrats in Langhorne.
VanderKam allowed anyone interested to come up and speak with her about different issues. Some passed by saying they were voting for her, while others listened intently.
The Upper Bucks resident also has a 2-year-old daughter and is married to her husband Derek. Her frustration with family court and the system has kept her energized, as the next opportunity for might not be for years.
“It’s really important to have people who are going to take the time to listen when moms and dads, or grandparents, are up there with really tough situations.” But VanderKam said the priority is what is best for the child, especially concerning safety. “And take the time to really explain it to people.”
The local elections are set for Tuesday, Nov. 5.