And the stakes are significant.
The decisions handed down by the Commonwealth, Superior, and
"The judges in these positions really rule on every aspect of a person's or business' life."
In the past few years, these higher courts have been asked to settle major disputes between Democratic Gov.
If a Republican wins the governorship in 2022 and the
Even so, turnout in judicial elections is typically very low.
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The court chooses which appeals it wants to hear, and thus makes decisions in only a few hundred cases per year - often ones with significant statewide implications.
In recent years, it threw out
These rulings have made the court a target among some
As a district attorney, McLaughlin worked in the child support enforcement division, prosecuting delinquent payments, and later became the chief assistant district attorney supervising the unit.
Brobson sat on the
Often, the cases it handles do not involve public figures, but there are exceptions. It denied convicted child molester and former Penn State football coach
Judges serve initial 10-year terms, then face a retention vote, which usually succeeds. There is one seat open on
In her 20 years as an attorney, Sullivan has handled both criminal and civil matters. With the attorney general's office, she investigates and prosecutes insurance fraud.
Commonwealth Court is, like
Judges serve initial 10-year terms, then face a retention vote, which usually succeeds. There are two seats open on Commonwealth Court, and the top vote-getters of the four candidates will secure spots on the bench.
As a Common Pleas judge, she has heard family, criminal, and civil cases.
She is recommended by the
As a Common Pleas judge, Spurgeon hears family law cases.
He is highly recommended by the
Before being appointed to the court by Gov.
As a Commonwealth Court judge, Crompton has heard workers' compensation and unemployment cases as well as zoning, election, and other governmental disputes.
He is recommended by the
She is not recommended by the