Pennsylvania Judicial Candidates
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Judge Maria McLaughlin will represent Democrats on top of the ticket this November. With the US Supreme Court signaling intent to roll back our rights, we can’t afford to cede ground in state courts. The PA Supreme Court decides if laws passed by the PA legislature are constitutional. Decisions made in this Court can affect our voting, reproductive, and labor rights. If Judge McLaughlin is elected, this court will have a female majority for the first time in its 300 year history.
Judge McLaughlin worked three jobs to put herself through school to become the first in her family to attend college. As a single mom for many years, she understands the challenges facing Pennsylvania families. Judge McLaughlin has extensive experience as an Assistant DA and Judge. She is “highly recommended” for the Court by the PA Bar Association and is endorsed by labor organizations throughout Pennsylvania. TV commercials are airing for her opponent, paid for by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Who do you think will represent our values on the highest court in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania Superior Court
The Democratic nominee for the PA Superior Court is Judge Timika Lane. The Superior Court handles criminal and civil appeals from county courts. A win would give the majority to the Democrats.
Judge Lane has served on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas since 2013 and currently presides over Philadelphia’s Major Trials Project, taking on many of the state’s most daunting criminal cases. Her working-class background (her mother was a police officer, her father a Marine Corps veteran) paired with her experience as a 7th-grade teacher and trial attorney gives her first-hand knowledge of the challenges that ordinary Pennsylvanians face. The PA Bar Association recommends Judge Lane. Her opponent does not have any experience as a judge.
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court
There are two open seats on Commonwealth Court. The court handles lawsuits and appeals involving state and governmental agencies. Judge Lori Dumas and Judge David Spurgeon are the Democratic nominees. We have a chance to flip two red seats to blue on this court.
Judge Dumas has over 18 years on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where she guided the creation of the First District’s Juvenile Human Trafficking Court. In addition, she has spent over a decade on the Philadelphia Family Court. She has also presided over civil and criminal courtrooms.
Judge Spurgeon is a former Assistant DA and current Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge. He is a former lead prosecutor on domestic violence cases and created problem-solving courts for Mental Health and Veterans. He is “highly recommended” by the PA Bar Association.
One of their opponents was a former staffer for Senate Republicans, and the other has no judicial experience.
Beaver County Democratic Magisterial District Judge Candidates
William Braslawsce is the Democratic nominee for Beaver, Vanport, Bridgewater, Brighton Township, Glasgow, Industry, Midland, Ohioville magistrate. He has practiced law for over 28 years, including in magisterial court. In addition, he served in the Army for over 11 years. Bill has the experience we need in the magistrate’s office.
Felicia Santillan is the Democratic nominee for Aliquippa, Frankfort Springs, Hanover, Hopewell, Independence, South Heights magistrate. She has practiced law for over 22 years, including appearing in magisterial court. Therefore, she can assume the duties of the office on day one. Her opponent is not a lawyer and has not passed the certification test to assume the position.
Beaver County Democratic School Board & Municipal Candidates
Click here to view sample ballots with School Board and Municipal candidates recommended by the Beaver County Democratic Committee.
Boroughs and townships are required by their codes to have an annual financial audit. The elected auditor system is used almost exclusively in smaller townships and boroughs. Auditors must be registered voters of the township. Auditors may not hold any other elective or appointive office. Auditors are paid $20 a day. A day consists of at least five hours employed in the duties of their office. In townships of less than 3,000 population, auditors must complete their audit in 20 days; in townships of more than 3,000, but less than 10,000, 30 days; in townships of 10,000 and more, 40 days. For more information visit the Pennsylvania Auditor’s Guide.
All judges up for retention are Republicans. The Beaver County Democratic Committee does not support or endorse any of them.