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Our State Wide Democratic Candidates
Justice Debra Todd has been on the PA Supreme Court for 10 years. Her name will be on the ballot for retention. That means she does not have an opponent, but needs your vote so she can be retained as a Justice for another 10 years.
Dwayne D. Woodruff is our Democratic candidate for PA Supreme Court. He is a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County – Pittsburgh, presiding primarily in the Family Court Division since 2005.
Woodruff earned a degree in Business Finance from the University of Louisville (1979) and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law (1988), which he attended, full time at night during his professional football career with the Pittsburgh Steelers – played 12 seasons, including playing in Super Bowl XIV as a rookie in 1980, being named Steelers MVP in 1982 and serving as team captain his final three seasons.
Learn more about Judge Woodruff at his web site.
Debbie Kunselman is one of our four Democratic candidates for the PA Superior Court.
In November 2005, Judge Deborah Anne Kunselman became the first woman ever elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County. Judge Kunselman is a 1992 honors’ graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, and a 1989 high-honors’ graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where she was a student of the Schreyer Honors College and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Learn more about Judge Kunselman at her web site.
Maria McLaughlin is also a Democratic candidate for the PA Superior Court.
The Honorable Maria McLaughlin is a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District. Judge McLaughlin presides over both family law and criminal law matters. Currently, Judge McLaughlin serves as the co-chair on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas FYI Committee and as the current vice-president of the Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court.
Learn more about Judge McLaughlin at her web site.
Geoff Moulton is a Democratic candidate for the PA Superior Court.
Geoff Moulton was sworn in as a judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court in August 2016, after being nominated by Governor Tom Wolf and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate. His term extends through the end of 2017.
Learn more about Judge Moulton at his web site.
Carolyn Nichols is our fourth Democratic candidate for one of the seats on the PA Superior Court.
Judge Carolyn H. Nichols, elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 2011, conducts felony jury trials in criminal court, with equal justice, protecting the rights of crime victims, and the accused; she works to create opportunities for positive reentry to prevent recidivism. She attended public schools and graduated from Temple University JD, LLM, and Eastern University MBA programs.
Learn more about Judge Nichols on her Facebook page.
Ellen Ceisler is a Democratic candidate for one of the two seats on the PA Commonwealth Court.
Judge Ceisler was elected to the bench in 2007. She served in the Criminal Trial Division for the first six years presiding over jury and non-jury trials involving major felonies. In February 2013, Judge Ceisler was assigned to the Civil Trial Division, Civil Motions Court, regarded as one of the busiest and most diverse Common Pleas Courts in Pennsylvania. In Civil Motions, Judge Ceisler was responsible for handling all aspects of civil litigation motions practice and civil “emergency” motions. Judge Ceisler also served in an appellate capacity handling appeals of City of Philadelphia Agencies determinations, including the Zoning Board, Board of Licenses and Inspections, Human Relations Commission, Civil Service Commission, Liquor Control Board, Board of Revision of Taxes, Parking Authority, among others. Judge Ceisler was also responsible for handling a variety of real estate matters, including, but not limited to, Sheriff Sales (Mortgage and Tax foreclosures) and eminent domain litigation. Judge Ceisler is currently presiding over major civil trials.
Learn more about Judge Ceisler at her web site.
Irene Clark is our other Democratic candidate for the PA Commonwealth Court.
Judge Clark has extensive background in housing and neighborhood revitalization which led to her to being designated Housing Court Judge responsible for code enforcement cases. In 2002, recognizing her accomplishments in holding accountable irresponsible property owners in blighted neighborhoods. Since leaving the bench in 2003, Judge Clark’s legal career has centered on helping municipalities and organizations clean up and revitalize blighted and abandoned properties. She has become a leading authority in the field, as an attorney, representing clients in blight revitalization efforts and as an advocate, counseling state and local organizations on reforming laws and policies related to blight.
Learn more about Judge Clark at her web site.
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