EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Jane Donze said that with 30 years of practice in civil, criminal and family law, no one is better suited than herself to fill the district judge seat based out of Kennett Square.
“I have practices in six of the surrounding counties,” she said. “I have seen first-hand how courts are run. I believe this court can have an impact on people’s lives and that is why I want to win this election.”
Donze, a Republican from East Marlborough, will face Democrat Al Iacocca in the November election for the Magisterial District Judge 15-3-04 bench based out of Kennett Square. The seat was formerly held by District Judge Daniel Maisano, who retired last year. The court serves Birmingham, Pennsbury, Pocopson, Newlin, Kennett and East Marlborough Townships and Kennett Square Borough.
“I have a lot of experience for this job, and I will bring a lot of passion, said Donze, a former criminal prosecutor who is chairperson for the arbitration panel for the Court of Common Pleas, and who was just appointed to a seat on the East Marlborough Planning Commission.
Depending on the case, Donze said she can be either tough or lenient on crime. She said she prefers putting first offenders into programs to get treatment.
Donze said she plans to get more involved with high school youth, and team up with the Garage Youth Center to make herself available.
“I will have more interaction with at-risk youth,” she said. “I will interact with the school system, juvenile probation people, and see what I can do for at-risk youth to help them.”
Donze said volunteering and giving back to the community is important to her. She has served in numerous volunteer organizations including La Communidad Hispana and the United Way of southern Chester County.
“The non-profits that I have aligned myself with are the non-profits that are dealing with the serious issues in the community,” she said.
Donze said that if elected, she will devote her time solely to being district judge and will quit her current job.
“I am running for District Judge because I would like to give back to the area that has meant so much to me and my family, and because I believe my qualifications align so closely with the responsibilities of a District Judge,” Donze said. “ I also think that my decades spent living in our community, and learning about and helping our families as a volunteer with local groups and charities, is vital because our District Court is really our community’s court.”
She has been a resident of the area for 23 years and her 2 sons, Conor and Owen, are graduates of Unionville High School. She has owned a law firm in the Willowdale Town Center in East Marlborough for the past 19 years, and for the last 17 years, with her husband and law partner, George Donze, Esq., trading as Donze and Donze.
“Being our District Judge goes beyond simply knowing and applying the law,” Donze said. “Our Judge needs to be fair, ethical and know our community. I am honored to have earned the highest ethical rating possible from a national attorney review firm. I am gratified that my legal career has been spent right here, helping local residents. Most importantly, I am proud to call myself part of our community. I have lived here for decades, raised my children here, and volunteered my time to local civic groups and charities; I understand the concerns of our seniors and families.”