Michael George Joins Race for PA Supreme Court
The judge announced Tuesday that he will join the pack vying for one of the three openings on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
George was not expected to his declare candidacy so soon. The Adams County judge previously said he would run in the Republican primary if he received an endorsement from the party at its meeting Jan. 31. If not endorsed, he indicated he would back the party slate.
However, things are already looking promising for the Adams County judge. George led the GOP’s Central Caucus straw poll conducted this weekend.
“I believe Pennsylvanians are looking for fresh air in the political process,” George said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “In our highest Court, we deserve experienced, qualified and ethical representation which is free of the influence of special interests and historical power bases.
“We deserve public servants who will place the critical institution of the Court above their own interests and will work hard every day to make decisions for no other reason than they are the right decisions to make,” he continued. “My history and experience reflect a willingness and commitment to do so.”
George is currently serving his second 10-year term as a judge. He chairs the Adams County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, a position he has held since its beginning in 2007.
George joins fellow Republican candidates Superior Court Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen and Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer, as well as Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens, running for re-election. Stevens was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to complete Joan Orie Melvin’s term, which ends in January 2016.
Superior Court Judge John Bender has also expressed interest in the race but has not declared. The Republican primary takes place May 19.