Statewide Judicial Candidates for 2017
We will be voting to choose among our Democratic candidates for statewide judicial positions in the May 16 primary election. The winners of that election will run against the Republican candidates on November 7. There are two available seats on the Supreme Court: one is held by incumbent Democrat Debra Todd, a sitting Supreme Court Justice, who will run for retention for a second 10-year term. There is one Democratic candidate for the other Supreme Court seat, 5 Democratic candidates for 4 openings on the Superior Court, and 6 Democratic candidates for 2 openings on the Commonwealth Court.
Two entities, the PA BAR ASSOCIATION and the JUDICIAL REVIEW PANEL of the Democratic State Committee, interviewed and researched the records of the candidates for these positions. In addition, there were endorsement votes at the recent STATE COMMITTEE meeting. State Committeewoman and attorney Sue Lyons served on the REVIEW PANEL. County Chair Claudette Williams, and State Committee members Mark Dodel, Sue Lyons and Anne Tiracchia, participated in the STATE COMMITTEE endorsement votes.
This chart summarizes the results.
Highly Recommended/Recommended by the PA BAR ASSOCIATION, Recommended by the Democratic State Committee JUDICIAL REVIEW PANEL, Endorsed by the Democratic STATE COMMITTEE:FOR PA SUPREME COURTJustice Debra Todd--incumbent, vote to retainJudge Dwayne D. Woodruff - FacebookFOR PA SUPERIOR COURTJudge Deborah A. Kunselman - FacebookJudge Maria C. McLaughlin - WebsiteJudge H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., already a sitting judge appointed by Governor Tom WolfJudge Carolyn H. NicholsFOR PA COMMONWEALTH COURTHighly Recommended by the PA BAR ASSOCIATION, Recommended by the Democratic State Committee JUDICIAL REVIEW PANEL, received 58% of the Democratic State Committee votes, falling short of the 2/3 required for endorsement:FOR PA COMMONWEALTH COURTJudge Joseph Cosgrove, already a sitting judge appointed by Governor Tom Wolf. - FacebookCandidates neither recommended by the JUDICIAL REVIEW PANEL nor endorsed by STATE COMMITTEE:Bill Kaye (on ballot for Superior Court)Judge Ellen H. Ceisler (on ballot for Commonwealth Court)Representative Bryan E. Barbin (on ballot for Commonwealth Court)Timothy Barry (on ballot for Commonwealth Court)Irene M. Clark (on ballot for Commonwealth Court)DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGEMost candidates for this position cross-file--that is, their names appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. Therefore, you may not realize that the candidate whose name is on the Democratic ballot is actually a Republican. Below you will find the Democratic candidates:East Stroudsburg Borough: Michael R. Muth, incumbent running unopposedCoolbaugh Township: Three Democrats---vote for one--Kurt Cummings, Tomas Keane, Danielle TravaglineHamilton and Stroud Townships: Two Democrats---vote for one--incumbent Dan Higgins, Samantha R. BreitlauchJackson and Pocono Townships: Two Democrats---vote for one--Daniel Kresge, Jennifer Ann WiseChestnuthill, Eldred, Polk, Ross Townships: Debby York, unopposed in the primaryDelaware Water Gap Borough, Middle Smithfield and Smithfield Townships: incumbent Brian Germano unopposed in the primary.Tobyhanna, Tunkhannock Townships: no Democrat on the ballotPRINT THIS PAGE AND TAKE IT WITH YOU INTO YOUR POLLING PLACE!