PA SUPREME COURT: There are 7 seats on this court; 1 position is to be filled in 2017. Currently, there are 5D & 1R members of the court. The PA Supreme Court is the top state court. It establishes/sets law, not just interprets it. Each year about 2,000 cases are appealed to it from the intermediate appellate courts, but only about 50 are accepted for review. PA State Democratic Committee endorsed Judge Dwayne Woodruff for the open seat. Judge Woodruff has the unprecedented distinction of having been team captain of the Pittsburgh Steelers while studying and practicing law. He currently serves on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, having first been elected in 2005. Visit: www.Woodruff2017.com, wikipedia, twitter, and Facebook for further information.PA SUPERIOR COURT: There are 15 JUDGES that comprise this intermediate appellate court. Four vacancies mean 1/4 of the court will be elected in 2017. Currently there are 7R & 4D members so if all 4 D candidates win, the Democrats will control the court. The Superior Court reviews family, criminal and civil cases appealed from county courts. Typically it's a busy, busy court -- 5,000+ cases a year and 8-10 per day. Judges work as 3-judge panels who travel PA to hear cases. Opinions are written and may take 3 months to be announced . PA State Democratic Committee endorsed: Judge Carolyn Nichols from Philadelphia, Judge Geoff Moulton from Montgomery, Judge Maria McLaughlin from Philadelphia, and Judge Debbie Kunselman from Beaver County. All four were chosen by primary voters to represent the Democrates 11/7/17. Geoff Moulton is from Upper Dublin, Highly Recommended by the PA Bar, and has a most distinguished resume. He currently sits on the Superior Court, having been appointed by Governor Wolf to fill a vacant position. The other 3 judges currently serve on county Common Pleas Courts. Go to: www.nicholsforpa.com, www.mclaughlin4superiorcourt.com, www.JudgeMoulton.com & www.DeborahKunselman.com to learn of these judges extensive judicial and legal service.
All Democratic candidates for PA statewide courts have thorough biographies at www.padems.com/candidates/. There is also information at Ballotpedia.org with the candidates' name. PA judges wishing to continue in their position face voters every 10 years in a "Retention Election." There is no opponent. On the ballot, there is the question: Should Judge X be retained? YES or NO. Justice Debra Todd of PA Supreme Court faces retention in 2017. PA Dems recommend a YES vote.The other 3 judges to be retained in 2017 are all GOP. Typically retention of sitting judges is supported by Democrats. You may vote YES or NO or skip voting for the following: Supreme Court: Thomas G Saylor; Superior Court: Jacqueline S. Shogan; Montco Common Please Court: Thomas M. DelRicci