Elections

Matt Weintraub Overpowers Opponent To Win District Attorney Race


Then-Assistant District Attorney Matt Weintraub speaking about heroin in 2014.
Credit: Tom Sofield/NewtownPANow.com

District Attorney Matt Weintraub won his first term Tuesday after being appointed last year by outgoing District Attorney David Heckler.

The incumbent Republican bested Democrat Rich Scholer in the race for the top law enforcement position in the county.

Over the past months, numerous Democratic elected officials said they would vote for Weintraub. Some cited his handling of the recent major cases and others noted his efforts to inform the community and fight opioid epidemic.

Weintraub, a graduate of William Tennent High School in Warminster, interned at the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office in 1992 before being hired full-time at the district attorney’s office the next year. The attorney left for other jobs and returned to Bucks County in 2011. Before being appointed district attorney last year, he oversaw criminal prosecution, including major crimes.

Since Weintraub’s appointment in September 2016, he has overseen several cases that have garnered national media attention. They include the Levittown pizza shop self-defense shooting and the Grace Parker murder case. He was praised by Republicans and Democrats for his handling of the shocking quadruple homicide that happened in Solebury over the summer.


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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation’s Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama’s visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he’s not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there’s one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001