Many of you who have worked with me know that I like to organize my thoughts in numbered lists. So, in no particular order, here goes:
I had the best group of supporters that a candidate could ever ask for. This was a long and grueling process. What kept me going were the encouragement and good wishes of my oldest, dearest friends and the many new friends that I made along the way. Thank you. You made this happen.
This was a wave election. Turnout was huge. My margin of victory was over 26,000 votes. That is unheard of -- a 5,000-vote margin would have been considered a decisive win. There are many factors that contributed to this result. Most obviously, the national political situation unleashed enormous energy among Democrats.
Wherever I went in Montgomery County over these past months, I said that this election would turn on the work of the local candidates. I was right. Democrats won local races -- supervisor, council, school board, mayor, and more -- all over the county, many in places where Democratic wins are unprecedented. These were the races that drove the turnout. Thank you to these hundreds of candidates -- those who won and those who fell just a little short. You made the difference.
Montgomery County Democratic Committee was awesome. MCDC’s leadership (I’m looking at you, Joe Foster) did an unbelievable job and pulled out all the stops. Our campaign manager was both a top strategist and master of the details. (She doesn’t like it when I mention her name, but her initials are Marie Beresford.) Everyone involved -- staff, area and municipal leaders, and grass roots committee members and volunteers -- gave it their all. This was local democracy at its finest.
My running mate, Wendy Rothstein, stuck with this effort until the end. Before the primary, Wendy and I promised each other that whoever snagged the second Republican slot would stay committed to the race. Wendy won that slot, and she kept that promise.
Many people have complimented me on my campaign. I am very proud of the campaign that we ran, but as the thoughts above make clear, there were many, many factors that contributed to this win. And, one more factor . . .
To all candidates who are thinking of running in the future, my first piece of advice is, if you are married, make sure you have a supportive spouse. I had the best.
About Jeff Saltz
Jeff Saltz was educated at Princeton University and Harvard Law School and has more than 30 years of courtroom experience in Montgomery County, Philadelphia, and the surrounding counties. He grew up in Lower Merion and is a graduate of Lower Merion High School. After college and law school, Jeff returned to Lower Merion with his wife Janet. Their three children are also graduates of the Lower Merion public schools, and all three work as educators at the high school or college level.
Jeff represents both individuals and companies in business litigation and other disputes. During the mortgage foreclosure crisis, he represented homeowners free of charge to help them save their homes.
Jeff is a candidate for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas – the principal trial court in Montgomery County. He is running because he believes that fair and independent judges are critical to the protection of individual rights. Jeff has:
- the experience to understand the law in all its complexity
- the empathy to apply the law with the understanding that there are real people before the Court and that his decisions will have real consequences
- the temperament to give all parties the assurance that they have gotten a fair shot and a full hearing.
The Montgomery Bar Association has ranked Jeff as "Highly Recommended" for the position of County Judge – the highest rating available.
Jeff is part of the Saltz-Rothstein team running for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. To find out more about Wendy Rothstein, click here.