Vote for Alita Rovito on November 2

The Only Candidate with 15 Years as a Judicial Appointee in Chesco Family Court

Practice makes perfect, and Alita has a 15-year head start over the other candidates for judge. —Joe Carroll, Former Chester County District Attorney

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Judicial Appointee in Chesco Family Court

As a hearing officer for the Family Court Masters’ Unit, I presided over a courtroom, swore in and listened to witnesses testify, judged credibility, and wrote extensive reports outlining my opinions, based on the facts and the law applicable, in resolution of the case presented. I made legal recommendations for custody disputes, child and spousal support matters, and the distribution of assets in divorce cases. I always first tried to help parties mediate their disputes. When that was not possible, I made the decision and rendered judgment.

Protector of Children from Abuse

Chester County was one of the first two child abuse units in the state.  Our unit became a prototype for Child Abuse Units across the Commonwealth. I am very proud of the work that the unit did then and what they have become now, which is a formidable voice for those who don’t have one.

Expert in Family Law

In 2009, I went into private practice representing men and women in matters of family law. I have been appointed by the court as guardian ad litem representing the best interest of children, as a parenting coordinator who helps parents resolve disputes in high conflict custody cases, and as an arbitrator and as a mediator. I take the old label of “attorney and counselor at law” seriously as I believe I have an obligation to help my clients come to a resolution that is fair and just to all the parties.

Why Alita?

Experience matters.  I believe that a good judge must possess impeccable personal integrity, a love of service, and the background to apply the law with fairness and respect. My professional experiences, as an attorney and judicially, as a hearing officer, have uniquely prepared me to serve as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

As a young adult, I experienced a traumatic loss; I was given the compassion and support that I needed.  My experience taught me resilience, forward thinking, and made me stronger.  It has given me the ability to look beyond the single event or moment in time that brings someone into a courtroom and be able to consider an individual’s whole life.  My experience has given me the compassion and perspective to render a judgement that is fair for all.

Chester County is my home, where I have lived and raised my daughters for the past 33 years. I have been in-house counsel, an Assistant District Attorney and run a private practice specializing in family law.  

I also spent 15 years behind the bench as a Family Court hearing officer. In that role, I presided over court cases, heard witnesses testify, ruled on objections, and rendered decisions. Having already acted in a judicial capacity, I am ready to go on day one.

Outside of the courtroom, serving others has guided my life, working with young women in the Girl Scouts for seven years, coaching high school and college students in Mock Trial, serving on the board of the Crime Victim’s Center, and teaching religious education. My goal is, and always has been, to make Chester County the best place it can be.

I believe that my personal and professional experiences, my life learned compassion and my demonstrated ability to be fair make me uniquely qualified, as I am the only candidate with actual judicial experience.  If elected, I will be exceptionally well prepared and proud to serve my community as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

Why Alita?

Experience matters.  I believe that a good judge must possess impeccable personal integrity, a love of service, and the background to apply the law with fairness and respect. My professional experiences, as an attorney and judicially, as a hearing officer, have uniquely prepared me to serve as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

As a young adult, I experienced a traumatic loss; I was given the compassion and support that I needed.  My experience taught me resilience, forward thinking, and made me stronger.  It has given me the ability to look beyond the single event or moment in time that brings someone into a courtroom and be able to consider an individual’s whole life.  My experience has given me the compassion and perspective to render a judgement that is fair for all.

Chester County is my home, where I have lived and raised my daughters for the past 33 years. I have been in-house counsel, an Assistant District Attorney and run a private practice specializing in family law.  

I also spent 15 years behind the bench as a Family Court hearing officer. In that role, I presided over court cases, heard witnesses testify, ruled on objections, and rendered decisions. Having already acted in a judicial capacity, I am ready to go on day one.

Outside of the courtroom, serving others has guided my life, working with young women in the Girl Scouts for seven years, coaching high school and college students in Mock Trial, serving on the board of the Crime Victim’s Center, and teaching religious education. My goal is, and always has been, to make Chester County the best place it can be.

I believe that my personal and professional experiences, my life learned compassion and my demonstrated ability to be fair make me uniquely qualified, as I am the only candidate with actual judicial experience.  If elected, I will be exceptionally well prepared and proud to serve my community as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

Judicial Appointee in Chesco Family Court

As a hearing officer for the Family Court Masters’ Unit, I presided over a courtroom, swore in and listened to witnesses testify, judged credibility, and wrote extensive reports outlining my opinions, based on the facts and the law applicable, in resolution of the case presented. I made legal recommendations for custody disputes, child and spousal support matters, and the distribution of assets in divorce cases. I always first tried to help parties mediate their disputes. When that was not possible, I made the decision and rendered judgment.

Protector of Children from Abuse

Chester County was one of the first two child abuse units in the state.  Our unit became a prototype for Child Abuse Units across the Commonwealth. I am very proud of the work that the unit did then and what they have become now, which is a formidable voice for those who don’t have one.

Expert in Family Law

In 2009, I went into private practice representing men and women in matters of family law. I have been appointed by the court as guardian ad litem representing the best interest of children, as a parenting coordinator who helps parents resolve disputes in high conflict custody cases, and as an arbitrator and as a mediator. I take the old label of “attorney and counselor at law” seriously as I believe I have an obligation to help my clients come to a resolution that is fair and just to all the parties.

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Alita’s Endorsements

Joe Carroll

Former Chester County District Attorney 2002—2012

During my 36 years in the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, including 10 years as District Attorney, I appeared before dozens of Common Pleas Court judges.  In my opinion, Chester County has been blessed with an excellent judiciary, many of them former members of the DA’s Office.  Our judges are intelligent, hard-working, thoughtful, respectful, ethical, fair and compassionate.  I urge voters to continue that tradition by electing Alita A. Rovito to join them.

For 15 years she served as a Family Court hearing officer, a position with many of the same functions as a Common Pleas Court Judge.  She presided over court cases, heard witness testimony, ruled on objections, made factual findings, and rendered decisions.  It was her responsibility to maintain control and respect during hearings under often emotional and volatile conditions, and she did so. Practice makes perfect, and Alita has a 15-year head start over the other candidates for judge.

Throughout her career, Alita never lost the idealism she brought with her to the District Attorney’s Office.  She has no illusion that life will always be fair, but she thinks it’s worth trying to make it that way.  She has done that her whole life; seeking justice for victims as a DA, presiding over hearings as a Family Court hearing officer, and working for a fair resolution for her clients as a family law attorney.

Alita Rovito wants to be your Common Pleas Court Judge for all the right reasons.  Not for prestige or power, but for the opportunity to serve others.  That attitude will influence how she conducts business.  She will show respect for everyone in the courtroom and ensure that others do the same.  She will spend the time necessary to achieve justice without regard to its impact on her personal life.  She will take seriously her position as a representative of justice in government.  And she will always be mindful that although she is in charge of her courtroom, she is the servant of those who appear before her.

I urge the voters of Chester County to join me in voting for Alita Rovito for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. We will be lucky to have her.

Patricia Maisano

Chester County Treasurer

I may not be an attorney, but my beloved husband was. We would often talk about the qualities that made a good Judge at any level. This topic was very important to both of us, as judges usually are on the bench without question or challenge for decades. A good judge needs to understand the life challenges of the average person. A good Judge renders decisions based on the law, not create the law. A good Judge understands that what comes before them are usually not bad people, but people who made bad decisions. Finally they have an opportunity to make profound changes in life and people.
Dan felt that Alita Rovito has the qualities necessary to be a very good Judge. She has proven it in her work as a Master. I am very proud to endorse Alita, and humbled to offer my husband’s thoughts.

John Kane

PA State Senator for District 9

I am proud to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. To Alita, family is everything. She grew up in a large family with five siblings. Her mom was a teacher. Alita lost her mother and older sister at a young age. That loss made a huge impact on Alita’s life and her career path as an attorney who is dedicated to families and children. Chester County families need someone on the bench who is rooting for them. They have that person in Alita Rovito.

Tim Kearney

PA State Senator for District 26

I proudly endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Alita has spent her career protecting families and children—the most vulnerable in our community. Alita was the first managing attorney of the Chester County Child Abuse Unit; which became the prototype for child abuse units throughout the state. She has been appointed by the court as guardian ad litem representing the best interest of children, and as a parenting coordinator helping parents resolve disputes in high conflict custody cases. She is a faithful advocate for those who are unable to speak for themselves. Chester County children and families need Alita Rovito as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. 

Dan Williams

PA State Representative for the 74th

I enthusiastically endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Alita will bring fairness, compassion and experience to the bench. She will fight for equity and equal opportunity of all people in Chester County. She will make full use of Chester County’s many rehabilitation and recovery programs including: drug court, recovery court, mental health court, veterans court, and any other initiative available to our judges to support and enrich the lives of Chester County residents. Alita Rovito is the right choice for our community; she is the right choice for our families.

Dianne Herrin

PA State Representative for the 156th

It is my great pleasure to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Experience matters. As the only candidate with judicial experience, Alita will be ready for the job on day one. She is committed to Chester County and our community. She has spent 21 of her 33 years as an attorney serving the citizens of Chester County. She is an expert in family law who will be the advocate that Chester County families need on the bench.

Melissa Shusterman

PA State Representative for the 157th

I wholeheartedly endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Alita has not only the established judicial experience, but also the compassion and empathy to be a wonderful judge for Chester County. Whether for a victim, a witness, a family member, or a defendant, judges need the empathy to see beyond actions to the emotions and motivations as to why people do what they do. Judges must understand suffering and be an instrument of healing and resolution. Alita Rovito’s professional and life experiences make her have this deep level of empathy. Alita is the ideal judicial candidate.

Kristine Howard

PA State Representative for the 167th

I highly endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. Through my own work as a child advocate, and as a caseworker for Chester County Children Youth and Families and through personal experience, I see the importance of a fair judiciary that prioritizes the needs and interests of women, children, and members of disadvantaged populations. As a member of the State Legislature who currently sits on the Children and Youth Committee and an appointee to the Juvenile Justice Task Force, the need for attention to a fairer justice system has become even more apparent.

Marian Moskowitz

Chester County Commissioner

Alita Rovito will bring proven judicial experience to the Chester County Court of Common Pleas; her 15 years managing a courtroom as a hearing court officer for Chester County Family court will make her an exceptional judge. Alita has the necessary compassion and fairness to serve all Chester County residents equally. As the only woman running for this court, she brings an important perspective and balance to the bench. I’m proud to stand with Alita in her bid for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

Josh Maxwell

Chester County Commissioner

It is my great pleasure to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Alita is a tremendous candidate for the bench and her exemplary experience stands out as a candidate. There are thirteen sitting judges with two vacancies on the court—only four of those thirteen judges are Democrats. In order to balance the bench’s perspective, we must elect more qualified Democrats, namely Alita Rovito, who is going to bring compassion, fairness, and equality to Chester County residents as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

Fredda Maddox

Chester County Sheriff

It is with great pleasure that I endorse my friend and mentor, Alita Rovito, for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. I first met Alita when she was an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County, and I was a state trooper at the Avondale barracks. We met again during my time as an attorney for victims of domestic violence. In the courtroom, I witnessed firsthand Alita’s compassion for her clients and her integrity for the system of law. Alita demonstrates an incomparable depth of knowledge of the law and victims’ trauma. As a Family Court Hearing Officer, Alita’s role was to perform the duties of a judge. She is the only candidate with this type of judicial experience. This coupled with Alita’s understanding of how to get victims treatment and help, makes Alita the best candidate for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Alita’s broad knowledge of the law made me seek her out as a mentor. In 2015, I became part of Alita’s private practice. Alita is a forward thinker; her goal is to help her clients live toward their best futures without getting mired in the emotion and anger of their current situations. Alita is a tireless advocate; her ultimate goal is always for a fair outcome for her clients. Alita will bring that same tireless energy and work ethic to the bench. All of Chester County will benefit from Alita becoming a judge. It is without reservation that I endorse Alita Rovito for the position of Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

Yolanda Van de Krol

Chester County Clerk of Courts

It is my pleasure to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Alita’s expertise and commitment to the law will make her an excellent judge. Her dedication to Chester County residents and families is unwavering. Alita Rovito’s compassion and fairness will serve all who appear before her.

Debbie Bookman

Chester County Prothonotary

I am pleased to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Alita is the only candidate on the ballot with proven judicial experience. Alita consistently demonstrated her commitment to fairness and compassion from the bench as a hearing officer for 15 years in the Chester County Family Court. As a judge, she will take the entire person, their circumstances, and the community into consideration when making decisions. Alita Rovito will be an excellent Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. 

Chris Pielli

Chester County Recorder of Deeds

It is with great pride that I give my endorsement to Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Alita is uniquely qualified for the bench with over 15 years of experience as a Family Court Hearing Officer, as a past prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office, and as an accomplished family law attorney with her own private practice. Her dedication to the law and her compassion and strong sense of justice make her an ideal candidate. Her commitment to preserve those legal rights we Democrats hold so dearly is beyond question. Furthermore, as an experienced family law attorney and Family Court Hearing Officer, she stands out as ready in her ability to immediately serve as our next Family Court Judge, without delay, to address the ever growing backlog of cases our local judicial system faces. Please join me in my support for Alita as one of our endorsed candidates for the Court of Common Pleas. Thank you.

Michele Vaughn

Chester County Register of Wills

Alita Rovito is the right choice for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. With fifteen years’ experience as a hearing officer for the Masters Unit of Family Court, she is the only candidate with this judicial experience needed for this important position. As a Chester County attorney for 33 years, a board member of the Crime Victim Center, and a coach for both high school and college students in Mock Trial, she has proven time and time again her commitment to our community. I am proud to stand with Alita Rovito.

Peter Urscheler

Mayor of Phoenixville

Alita Rovito has a reputation of being a fair and respectful lawyer.  While she was a Family Court Hearing Officer, she treated every person who came into her hearing room with dignity, respect and compassion.  She willingly gives her time in service to others, through her community activities and support of other professionals.

Ashley Gagné

West Goshen Township Supervisor

I am honored and excited to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas. Alita has served our community, and her clients, with integrity and passion, and I know she will bring the same to the Court of Common Pleas. Her many years of experience, her devotion to the law, and her strength of character are why I believe Alita will make an exceptional Judge.

Shaun Walsh

West Goshen Board of Supervisors

I am delighted to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas. Alita is driven by a commitment to service, with the highest personal integrity and a deeply caring nature. Through her many years of legal experience and accomplishments, she brings both a respect for the law and a strong understanding of how to resolve matters in the best way possible. She is open-minded with no preconceived notions or biases, and in considering cases her fairness and values will provide a thoughtful sense of justice. Alita will be an outstanding judge and we will be fortunate for her to further serve our community in this way.

Nancy Lorback

District Leader of the 156th State House District

I endorse Alita Rovito for the Court of Common Pleas. She has the necessary knowledge, experience and temperament.

Andrew Husband

Zone Leader West Goshen Democrats 

It is my pleasure to endorse Alita.  When my zone needed a CP she was quick to step up.  She is honest, forthright and thoughtful.  She has all of the qualities that go into making a good judge.

Elva Bankins Baxter

Member-PA Democratic State Committee and CCDC Treasurer

With more than 30years in the courtroom, as a former Assistant District Attorney, Family Court Master, and current private practice family law attorney, I am proud to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

Alita will bring her compassion, integrity, and her advocacy for those who are especially vulnerable. She’s recognized by many for her Democratic values and her reputation for serving all people from the marginalized to the privileged. With her broad and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the law and a victim’s trauma, Alita has already demonstrated her value and readiness for the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.

It is my hope that you will join me and endorse Alita Rovito for Judge for the Court of Common Pleas.

Diane O’Dwyer

Member-PA Democratic State Committee & Committee Person, Uwchlan Township 

I am proud to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. She is the only candidate with experience as a Family Court Hearing Officer and as such will be ready to serve on day one. A family law attorney with her own practice, Alita has demonstrated compassion and dedication to serving others. She has proven her commitment to the Democratic ideals of fairness and equality under the law. I believe she has the experience, the temperament, and the integrity to make an excellent judge on our Chester County Court of Common Pleas.

Maria McCabe

Zone Leader Western Chester County Democrats

I enthusiastically endorse Alita Rovito for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Alita has all the qualities of a great judge.  She truly loves and respects the law. She believes in equality and justice for all. She is kind, compassionate, and fair. We would be lucky to have her as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

Brooke Ginty

Committee Person for the Middle Ward in Phoenixville

As a Committee Person, a Member of the Chester County Bar Association, and as a friend, I confidently and enthusiastically endorse Alita Rovito for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County. Alita’s unique professional and personal experiences make her a thoughtful, compassionate individual, who has shown dedication to equality under the law. She will be ready and able to serve all the citizens of Chester County as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas from day one based on her 33 years as a Hearing Officer for Family Court where she listened to the stories of those before her, ruled on evidence, and worked to find middle ground for the best interests of those involved. Her extensive professional experience includes her years as an Assistant District Attorney for the county, and most recently as a highly respected family law attorney. From a personal standpoint, I consider Alita to be a friend and a mentor, always giving more than she takes and offering advice, expertise, and assistance without question or hesitation. She is committed to the Democratic Party as evidenced by her dealings with others, professionally and personally, and her involvement and support of our Democratic ideals. She will be an exemplary Judge to all those that come before her and for our community.

Carrie Stare

Westtown Committee Person

I am proud to endorse Alita Rovito for Chester County Court of Common Pleas. As a former Assistant District Attorney, Family Court Master, and current private practice family law attorney I am confident that Alita will bring the empathy, compassion, and equity needed to the bench. With her diverse background from both in front of the bench and behind the bench, her strong work ethic, and commitment to Democratic values I know she is the right choice as our next Judge.

Andrea B. Pettine

2008 President, Chester County Bar Association
Family Law Attorney and Mediator

I am honored and proud to endorse Alita Rovito for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County.  Alita possesses a wealth of legal knowledge and experience having served in the legal community for over 30 years as an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County advocating for children and victims of crime, as a Family Court Master presiding over and making decisions in a wide variety of family law cases, and subsequently as a private Family Law practitioner.   In every role of her legal career Alita has demonstrated her integrity and intelligence, as well as a tireless work ethic and dedication to those she represents and to those that have appeared before her.   As a Family Court Master, Alita approached every case with fairness and she was committed to allowing each party an opportunity to be heard in emotionally charged circumstances.  She is a highly respected attorney within the bar and the community with a demonstrated commitment to justice.  Alita’s unique combination of experience has well prepared her to serve as a Common Pleas Judge.

I have been fortunate to know Alita for 28 years, both professionally and personally.  She is truly one of the most compassionate and generous people I know.  Chester County will be fortunate to have her as a member of Bench.   Please join me in supporting Alita Rovito for Judge of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.

Steve Jarmon

Attorney

Alita Rovito has my full support for Judge on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. Alita has a deep commitment to Chester County having served our residents for over 33 years. She will be an impartial decision maker who will seek justice for those who appear before her and our community as a whole.

Caroline G. Donato

Federal and State Criminal Defense Attorney

Alita has my full support and endorsement, and I am confident she will earn yours too. She is an excellent and accomplished attorney. Running for judge isn’t a next-step career move for her; she wants to serve the people of Chester County. The difference matters. Alita is experienced, compassionate, fair, and smart. Chester County will be lucky to have her join the bench.

Kelly Jurs

Member of the Chester County Bar Association and on the West Bradford Township Historical Commission

I am proud to give my endorsement to Alita Rovito for Judge of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. Alita possesses a wealth of experience both as a former Assistant District Attorney and as a private practitioner of Family Law. Alita also served over 15 years as a Family Court Master, presiding over a wide range of Family Court issues. This combination makes for a uniquely qualified candidate who understands the law from all sides. Alita is well-prepared to serve as Common Pleas Judge. The practice of both Criminal and Family Law require enormous amounts of compassion, as does the role of Judge. Alita’s experience shows that she will be compassionate and fair in this role. Her dedication to serving others through difficult times is a testament to her compassion, as well as to her commitment to justice and Democratic values. She will be an excellent addition to the Chester County bench. Please join me in supporting Alita Rovito for Judge of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.

Elizabeth Srinivasan

Attorney

I believe that Alita possesses the perfect judicial temperament to be a Common Pleas Judge. She is kind when kindness is best. She can be tough if the situation warrants it. I have known Alita for three decades in many capacities: hearing officer, opposing counsel, mediator, and parent coordinator. She has excelled in each role.

Kristen N. Mammarella

Pa.C.P.

I am proud and honored to give my endorsement to Alita Rovito for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Pennsylvania. I have had the good fortune to work with and learn from Alita over the past 16 years. Alita has a presence and I have always admired her knowledge, dedication and passion. I have found her to be a most worthy adversary always advocating for her clients with civility and professionalism. Alita Rovito has the perfect demeanor for the Chester County bench, with the firmness to maintain control of legal proceedings and the temperament to assure that each side is properly heard. Alita couldn’t be more active in her commitment for equal justice for all and I have zero doubt that Alita will continue to uphold the beliefs that are supported by the people to help the people as a judge. I am a Republican and am proud to endorse and support Alita Rovito for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. Please join me.

Anton Andrew

Democratic Candidate for PA State House, District 160

Alita’s experience and devotion to the families of Chester County as an assistant district attorney, family court hearing officer and family law attorney stands to serve Chester County well. Her public service to the citizens of Chester County is evident as she advocated for the vulnerable as an assistant district attorney. As a family court hearing officer, she showed thoughtfulness and care when working with and to helping children and families going through the emotional turmoil of divorce as a hearing officer. In that role, Alita gained strong judicial experience and is the right fit for the court and the citizens of Chester County. Alita has earned the respect of her peers as demonstrated by her recognition by the Bar Association as qualified for this role. Alita would be an asset to the bench and serve the citizens of Chester County well.
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