Commonwealth Court: Democratic Primary Endorsements Thread
The candidates for Commonwealth Court are Timothy Barry, Rep. Bryan Barbin, Judge Ellen Ceisler, Irene Clark, Joe Cosgrove, and Todd Eagen
Judge Ellen Ceisler announced that she received the endorsements from the Democratic Committees of Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties. Ceisler was one vote shy of receiving the endorsement of the Lancaster Democratic Party.
“I am so thankful to Democratic activists in Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester for voting to formally endorse my campaign,” Ceisler said.
“I am also proud to have gotten 65 percent of the vote in Lancaster Country, just one vote shy of the supermajority needed for an endorsement.”
Todd Eagen announced the endorsement of the Laborer’s District Council of Western Pennsylvania. The Council represents construction and other laborers in the 33 counties in western Pennsylvania.
“It is truly humbling to have the endorsement of these hardworking men and women that go out every day to construction sites throughout Western Pennsylvania to make sure that we have the infrastructure we need to grow and prosper as a Commonwealth,” Eagen said.
Judge Ellen Ceisler announced the endorsement of the Dauphin County Democratic Committee.
“I am grateful to Chairwoman Rogette Harris and the entire Democratic Committee in Dauphin for their strong vote of confidence in our campaign,” Ceisler said.
Judge Ellen Ceisler was recommended for endorsement by the Allegheny County Labor Council.
“The Commonwealth Court is vitally important for the future of Pennsylvania’s working men and women. I am looking forward to working with the Allegheny County Labor Council to ensure that we get two judges on this Court who will protect hardworking Pennsylvanians every day,” Ceisler said.
Judge Joe Cosgrove was recommended for endorsement by the Allegheny County Labor Council.
I am honored to receive the endorsement of organized labor in Allegheny County. Working men and women are the backbone of this Commonwealth and I am humbled to have their support,” Cosgrove said.
Todd Eagen’s Campaign released a full list of endorsements.
“These endorsements serve as a testament that Pennsylvanians are ready for that to be not just my message, but also the standard for our Commonwealth Court,” Eagen said.
The list can be found below.
AFSCME District Council 47, Allegheny County Democratic Committee, Bucks County Democratic Committee, Cement Masons Local 592, Dauphin County Democratic Committee, Delaware County Democratic Committee, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, Independent State Store Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 830, Laborer’s District Council of Western PA, Lackawanna County Democratic Committee, Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, Montgomery County Democratic Committee, National Organization of Women – PA, Recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Recommended by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, Philadelphia City Democratic Committee, Plumbers Local 690, Recommended by the Philadelphia Labor Council, Schuylkill County Democratic Committee, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, Westmoreland County Democratic Committee
Judge Ellen Ceisler’s campaign announced endorsements from the United Coal Miners of America Pennsylvania State Council, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania Chapter of the International Association of Firefighters, the International Association of Firefighters from Pittsburgh (Local 1), Philadelphia (Local 22), Allentown (Local 302) and Bethlehem (Local 735).
“Judge Ceisler’s experience, knowledge, and background not only make her an exceptional candidate for office, but will also assist her in making sound and informed decisions with regards to fair workplace practices in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” IAFF 302 President Jeremy Warmkessel said.
Judge Ellen Ceisler’s campaign announced endorsements from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Organization of Women, the Liberty City LGBT Club, the Pennsylvania Democratic Latino Caucus, and Pittsburgh’s 14th Ward Independent Club.
“The Commonwealth Court will be at the forefront in the fight against discrimination in Pennsylvania. On the bench, and through my involvement in Anti-Defamation League, I have worked to eliminate hatred and discrimination against women, racial and religious minorities, and the LGBT community. I would like to continue that mission as a judge on the Commonwealth Court,” Ceisler in a release announcing the endorsements.
Judge Ellen Ceisler’s campaign announced endorsements from State Representative Ryan Bizzaro, and DNC Member and Democratic State Committee Northwest Caucus Chair Ian Murray.
“Judge Ceisler is exactly the type of person that we want on the Commonwealth Court. She is hard working, fiercely independent, and most importantly – compassionate,” Bizzaro said in a release.
Judge Ellen Ceisler was endorsed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial board.
“Judge Ceisler, who received a “recommended” rating from the state bar, is impressive for her qualifications and her ideas,” the board wrote in their endorsement article.
Judge Joe Cosgrove was endorsed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial board.
“Judge Cosgrove also has worked as chief counsel for the state Supreme Court and as a municipal zoning board and county row office solicitor. His commitment to social justice led to a friendship with St. Teresa of Calcutta. He also is a friend of actor Martin Sheen, worked with him on initiatives against domestic violence and appeared in several episodes of “The West Wing,” a television series starring Mr. Sheen,” the board wrote in the endorsement article.
Former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and state Senator Daylin Leach sent out separate emails today endorsing Judge Ellen Ceisler.
“The Commonwealth Court hears cases involving government policy – including critical matters such as voting rights, the environment, education funding and women’s rights. Judge Ceisler has the right experience for the job,” Schwartz wrote in her email.
“If we’ve learned anything from the election of Donald Trump, it’s that judges matter. It was a judge who stopped the travel ban. It was a judge who halted Trump’s attack on sanctuary cities. That’s why I’m asking for you to join me in electing an outstanding woman to Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court, Judge Ellen Ceisler,” Leach wrote in his email.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty endorsed Todd Eagen’s campaign for Commonwealth Court.
“Todd is a labor attorney who represents and has fought for over 35,000 public sector union employees. He has worked tirelessly to defend workers’ rights,” McGinty said in an email announcing the endorsement.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty endorsed Judge Ellen Ceisler’s campaign for Commonwealth Court.
“Judge Ceisler has spent her entire career fighting for the underdog, starting as an Assistant District Attorney standing up for victims of domestic violence. Since then, she’s worked as an investigative journalist, fought for safer schools, and helped improve accountability in the Philadelphia Police Department,” McGinty said in an email announcing the endorsement.